Absterge meaning

abstʉrj
To purge.
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To wipe away; clean.
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(archaic, now rare) To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; to purge. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
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Origin of absterge

  • 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”).

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