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Abate (verb neuter)

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To Abate. v.n. To grow less; as, his passion abates; the storm abates. It is used sometimes with the particle of before the thing lessened.

Our physicians have observed, that, in process of time, some diseases have abated of their virulence, and have, in a manner, worn out their malignity, so as to be no longer mortal. Dryden's Hind and Panth.

Sources: Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abate (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 23, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=118.


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  2. Nirupama on April 2nd, 2014 at 3:37 am

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