Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cleansing; purging.
  • n. Something cleansing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cleansing; having the quality of removing foulness. See detersive.
  • n. That which effects abstersion; that which purifies.

Etymologies

From Middle French abstersif, from Latin abstersus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thus, sir, when men dye cloth, the liquor in which they dip it hath very sharp and abstersive particles; which, consuming and scouring off all the matter that filled the pores, make the cloth more apt to receive the dye, because its pores are empty and want something to fill them up.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Some think these almonds have a penetrating, abstersive quality, are able to cleanse the face, and clear it from the common freckles; and therefore, when they are eaten, by their bitterness vellicate and fret the pores, and by that means draw down the ascending vapors from the head.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Pownall the local historian tells you, "as a vulnerary and abstersive," and healed wounds with it; then some labourers accidentally drank it, and Epsom's fortune was made.

    Highways and Byways in Surrey

  • But you shelter from Nature in houses, you protect yourselves by clothes that are useful instead of being ornamental, you wash — with such abstersive chemicals as soap for example — and above all you consult doctors.”

    A Modern Utopia

  • But you shelter from Nature in houses, you protect yourselves by clothes that are useful instead of being ornamental, you wash -- with such abstersive chemicals as soap for example -- and above all you consult doctors. "

    A Modern Utopia

  • All the parts of this tree are abstersive, and therefore sovereign for the consolidating wounds; and asswage the pains of the gout: But the bark decocted in common water, to almost the consistence of a syrup, adding a third part of _aqua vitæ_, is a most admirable remedy for the _ischiadicæ_ or hip-pain, the place being well rubb’d and chaf’d by the fire.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) Or A Discourse of Forest Trees

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  • adv. - serving to cleanse or purge

    September 9, 2009

  • JM is searching for some intellectual abstersive agents.

    August 25, 2009