Definition of deterge in English:

deterge

verb

[WITH OBJECT]rare
  • Cleanse thoroughly.

    • ‘We then watch him clean his sheets as a metaphor of his resolve to deterge the world of evil.’
    • ‘After being dried-up the polymer is not deterged by any well-known lacquer solvents.’
    • ‘The local treatment put into operation must, first of all, stop the gangrenous process by deterging the infected wound and eliminating the nauseous membrane; then it must bring about cicatrisation.’
    • ‘The plasma-enhanced chemical cleaning is employed to deterge the Al pads of IC products.’
    • ‘He claims that, in addition to its analgesic effect, it deterges the ulcers, which soon become of a healthy rose color, and are covered with healthy granulations, and healing in from four to six weeks.’
    disinfect, purify, sterilize, sanitize, sanitate, decontaminate, cleanse, clean out
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French déterger or Latin detergere ‘wipe away’.

Pronunciation

deterge

/dəˈtərj/