Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of wiping clean: as, “ablution and abstersion,” Scott, Waverley, xx.
  • noun In medicine, a cleansing by substances which remove foulness from about sores, or humors or obstructions from the system.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Act of wiping clean; a cleansing; a purging.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Either from (Old French, or from Medieval Latin abstertion), from Latin abstersus, past participle of abstergēo.

Examples

  • Baptism, immersion in water, abstersion, purification by water, is of the highest antiquity.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained

    Waverley

  • The best of all these is the shaggy hat, for it makes a very neat abstersion of the fecal matter.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The best of all these is the shaggy hat, for it makes a very neat abstersion of the fecal matter.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • My ablutions are esteemed the most complete of any man’s in the capital, and the mode of my abstersion the most in use.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained

    The Waverley

  • He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained

    Waverley — Complete

  • He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained

    Waverley

  • He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since

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