abstergent

[ ab-stur-juh nt ]
/ æbˈstɜr dʒənt /

adjective

noun

a cleansing agent, as a detergent or soap.

Nearby words

  1. abstain,
  2. abstainer,
  3. abstemious,
  4. abstention,
  5. abstentionism,
  6. abstersive,
  7. abstinence,
  8. abstinence syndrome,
  9. abstinence theory,
  10. abstinent

Origin of abstergent

1605–15; < Latin abstergent-, stem of abstergēns, present participle of abstergēre to wipe off, equivalent to abs- abs- + tergēre to wipe; see -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for abstergent

abstergent

/ (əbˈstɜːdʒənt) /

adjective

cleansing or scouring

Word Origin for abstergent

C17: from Latin abstergent-, abstērgens wiping off, from abs- away, off + tergēre to wipe

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