Definition of abstergeo
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Orthography ID = 2000285
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LNS
abstergeō, abstergēre, abstersī, abstersus
abs, tergeo
verb (2nd conjugation)
  1. to wipe off or away, to dry by wiping
  2. to wipe away, to drive away, expel, remove, banish
Abbreviations
abs-tergeo, rsi, rsum, 2, v. a. (the form abstergo, gere rests upon spurious readings, except in eccl. Lat., as Vulg. Apoc. 21, 4), to wipe off or away, to dry by wiping. Lit.: labellum, Plaut. As. 4, 1, 52: sudorem, id. Men. 1, 2, 16: vulnera, Ter. Eun. 4, 7, 9: lacrimas, Lucil. ap. Porphyr. ad Hor. S. 1, 2, 68: fletum, Cic. Phil. 14, 34: everrite aedīs, abstergete araneas, brush away, Titin. ap. Non. 192, 10.

— * Transf.: remos (qs. to wipe away, i. e.), to break, to dash to pieces, Curt. 9, 9, 16.

— Trop., to wipe away (any thing disagreeable, a passion, etc.), i. e. to drive away, expel, remove, banish: ut mihi absterserunt omnem sorditudinem, Plaut. Poen. 5, 2, 10; esp. freq. in Cic.: dolorem, Q. Fr. 2, 9: senectutis molestias, Sen. 1: metum, Fam. 9, 16; luctum, Tusc. 3, 18: suspicionem, Amm. 14, 11.
 
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