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Abe'tter, or Abe'ttor. n.s. He that abets; the supporter or encourager of another.

You shall be still plain Torrismond with me,
Th' abettor, partner, (if you like the name)
The husband of a tyrant, but no king;
Till you deserve that title by your justice.
Dryden's Spanish Friar.

Whilst this sin of calumny has two such potent abetters, we are not to wonder at its growth; as long as men are malicious and designing, they will be traducing. Govern. of the Tongue.

These and the like considerations, though they may have no influence on the headstrong unruly multitude, ought to sink into the minds of those who are their abettors, and who, if they escape the punishment here due to them, must very well know, that these several mischiefs will be one day laid to their charge. Addison. Freeholder, № 50.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Allestree, Richard (89) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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