abstergent \ ab-STUR-juhnt \ adjective – Cleansing. Purgative. noun – A cleansing agent, as a detergent or soap. Origin: Abstergent comes from the Latin word abstergēre which meant “to wipe off”.
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ravelment \ RAV-uhl-muhnt \ noun – Entanglement; confusion. Origin: Ravelment derives from the word ravel which means “to become tangled”. It entered English in the early 1800s.