Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; hence, to purge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wipe, or make clean by wiping; wash away.
  • In medicine: To cleanse by lotions, as a wound or ulcer. To purge. See deterge.

Etymologies

From French and Old French absterger or from Medieval Latin abstergēre, present active infinitive of abstergeō ("wipe off or away"); formed from abs- + tergeō ("to wipe off"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Turks of all sorts, men and women, and all over Greece, and those hot countries; to absterge belike that fulsomeness of sweat, to which they are there subject.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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