German final secondary school exam, 1863, short for abiturium, from Modern Latin abitorire "to wish to leave," desiderative of Latin abire (neuter plural abitum) "to go away," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + ire "to go" (see ion).

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Examples from the Web for abitur

  • Do they not offer homage willingly to Abitur of the Mountains?

    Sarchedon|G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville