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abate to blunt (equivalent to rebate): “ Abate the edge of traitors,” RICHARD III., v. 5. 35 (compare Browne's Britannia's Pastorals, “With plaints which might abate a Tyrants knife.” Book 1, Song 4, p. 87, ed. 1625; and from Milton's Paradise Regained, “To slacken virtue, and abate her edge.” Book ii. 455); “Which once in him abated,” 2 HENRY IV., i. 1. 117.

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