abstersive

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French abstersif, from Latin abstersus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abstersive (comparative more abstersive, superlative most abstersive)

  1. Cleansing; purging; abstergent. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

abstersive (plural abstersives)

  1. (now rare) Something cleansing; detergent; abstergent. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • (Can we date this quote?), John Milton, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      The strong abstersive of some heroic magistrate.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 “abstersive” 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 978-0-19-860457-0, page 10.

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abstersive

  1. feminine singular of abstersif