I must confess thy love touches my heart; it disarms, it abates my sternness; thy Psyche shall see the light again.
In comes Ailie: one look at her quiets and abates the eager students.
My dear, I have many lonely hours; I have much suffering, which abates enthusiasm.
In comes Ailie; one look at her quiets and abates the eager students.
Will you stay under shelter a few minutes yet, and see whether it abates?
Whether or not it abates one half the guilt, I make the confession.
The scent, acting as a stimulant to the skin, increases rather than abates any tendency to redness.
To Friendship—it improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
Then, when the search for you abates, we can strike down thence to the seacoast, if the white men are still there.
On the advent of the joint affection the discharge usually continues as it was, although it often abates somewhat.
"put an end to" (c.1300); "to grow less, diminish in power or influence" (early 14c.), from Old French abattre "beat down, cast down," from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.