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Having the quality of cleansing, scouring, or washing away impurities; that purges.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). As adjective from Middle French abstersif, adjective (French abstersif; 1314 in Old French) and its etymon post-classical Latin abstersivus from classical Latin absters-, past participial stem of abstergēre + -īvus. As noun partly from Middle French abstersif, noun and partly from post-classical Latin abstersiva, use as noun of neuter plural of abstersivus. Compare Spanish abstersivo, Portuguese abstersivo.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.