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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Abate

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Abate: verb - in law, make a nuisance or action stop; become null and void; bring down a person physically, socially, or mentally; depress, humble; fall; curtail, deprive of; reduce in size, amount, or value; lessen in force or intensity; moderate, diminish; take away part of something, deduct; beat down.

'I shall abate Master Cromwell and make him eat his words for the damage he has done to our land and monarchy.'

'Flood defences that are better constructed, might abate the waters next time we have torrential rains and save the town from a repeat of the destruction caused by the last deluge.'

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