But they just put out their military doctrine that would indicate it has not abated.
The government, which stopped publishing crime statistics years ago, insists that violence has abated.
This habit has now abated for fear of being locked in the social equivalent of the Tower of London.
"put an end to" (c.1300); "to grow less, diminish in power or influence" (early 14c.), from Old French abattre "beat down, cast down," from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir. Related: Abated; abating.