Unclean sable


verb (used with object), cleansed, cleansing.
to make clean.
to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul.
verb (used without object), cleansed, cleansing.
to become clean.

before 900; Middle English clensen, Old English clǣnsian, equivalent to clǣne clean + -si- v. suffix + -an infinitive suffix

cleansable, adjective
recleanse, verb (used with object), recleansed, recleansing.
uncleansable, adjective
uncleansed, adjective
well-cleansed, adjective

clean, cleanse (see synonym study at clean).

1. See clean.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To unclean sable
World English Dictionary
cleanse (klɛnz)
1.  to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
2.  to remove guilt from
3.  to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
[Old English clǣnsian; related to Middle Low German klēnsen; see clean]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. clænsian, from W.Gmc. *klainson, from *klainoz (see clean). Despite its modern spelling (16c.), it retains its M.E. pronunciation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature