absterge

transitive verb
ab·​sterge | \abzˈtərj, əb-, -bˈst-\
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of absterge 

archaic

: to cleanse especially by wiping : purge

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First Known Use of absterge

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absterge

Middle French or Latin; Middle French absterger, from Latin abstergēre, from abs- (variant of ab- ab- entry 1) + tergēre to wipe off

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