transitive verb-·sterged′, -·sterg′ing
- to wipe away; clean
- to purge
Origin of abstergeClassical Latin abstergere from ab(s)-, away + tergere, to wipe: see deterge
(third-person singular simple present absterges, present participle absterging, simple past and past participle absterged)
From French and Middle French absterger or from Medieval Latin abstergēre, present active infinitive of abstergeō (“wipe off or away”); formed from abs- + tergeō (“to wipe off”).