Abstersion

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abstersion Act of wiping clean; a cleansing; a purging. "The task of ablution and abstersion being performed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abstersion The act of wiping clean: as, “ablution and abstersion,” Scott, Waverley, xx.
    • n abstersion In medicine, a cleansing by substances which remove foulness from about sores, or humors or obstructions from the system.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abstersion abs-ter′shun act of cleansing or washing away impurities
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. abstersion,. See Absterge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abstergēre, -tersum, to wipe away.

Usage

In literature:

The best of all these is the shaggy hat, for it makes a very neat abstersion of the fecal matter.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
The best of all these is the shaggy hat, for it makes a very neat abstersion of the fecal matter.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
Baptism, immersion in water, abstersion, purification by water, is of the highest antiquity.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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