abstersion

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See also: abstersión

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Either from (Old French, or from Medieval Latin abstertion), from Latin abstersus, past participle of abstergēo.

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abstersion (countable and uncountable, plural abstersions)

  1. (archaic) Act of wiping clean; a cleansing; a purging. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • 1814, Sir Walter Scott, Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since,
      Waverley ... was offered the patriarchal refreshment of a bath for the feet ... He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained To chafe the limb, and pour the fragrant oil, but by a smoke-dried skinny old Highland woman, who did not seem to think herself much honoured by the duty imposed upon her...

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  1. ^ “abstersion” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 9.

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abstersion (plural abstersions)

  1. abstersion