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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-stur-juh nt]
    • /æbˈstɜr dʒənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-stur-juh nt]
    • /æbˈstɜr dʒənt/

Definitions of abstergent word

  • adjective abstergent cleansing or scouring 3
  • adjective abstergent cleansing. 1
  • adjective abstergent purgative. 1
  • noun abstergent a cleansing agent, as a detergent or soap. 1
  • noun abstergent Cleansing, detergent. (First attested in the early 17th century.). 1
  • noun abstergent A substance used to cleanse; a detergent. 0

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Origin of abstergent

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
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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abstergent popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 60% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abstergent usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abstergent

noun abstergent

  • detergent — Detergent is a chemical substance, usually in the form of a powder or liquid, which is used for washing things such as clothes or dishes.
  • deodorant — Deodorant is a substance that you can use on your body to hide or prevent the smell of sweat.
  • purifier — to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
  • soap — a substance used for washing and cleansing purposes, usually made by treating a fat with an alkali, as sodium or potassium hydroxide, and consisting chiefly of the sodium or potassium salts of the acids contained in the fat.
  • abrasive — Someone who has an abrasive manner is unkind and rude.

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