Meaning of absterge in English:

absterge

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verb

archaic, rare
  • To wipe away; to wipe clean, cleanse.

Pronunciation

absterge

/əbˈstəːdʒ/ /abˈstəːdʒ/

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in The Grete Herball. From Middle French, French absterger to wipe clean, to wipe off (e.g. the infected matter from a wound) or its etymon classical Latin abstergēre to wipe clean, to wipe off, to wipe away from abs + tergēre to wipe.