(obsolete) Overwhelmed, confused.
* 1485 , Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book VII:
- and at som tyme they were so amated that aythir toke others swerde in the stede of his owne.
From (etyl) abaten, from (etyl) . Cognate to modern French abattre .
(transitive, obsolete, outside, legal) To put an end to; to cause to cease.
To become null and void.
- to abate a nuisance
(legal) To nullify; make void.
- The writ has abated .
(obsolete) To humble; to lower in status; to bring someone down physically or mentally.
- to abate a writ
(obsolete) To be humbled; to be brought down physically or mentally.
- The hyer that they were in this present lyf, the moore shulle they be abated and defouled in helle.
(obsolete) To curtail; to deprive. [ ]
* 1605 , , King Lear , II.ii:
- Order restrictions and prohibitions to abate an emergency situation.
To reduce in amount, size, or value.
- She hath abated me of half my train.
- Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.
To decrease in size, value, or amount.
- His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated .
To moderate; to lessen in force, intensity, to subside. [ ]
* 1597 , , [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/575 Essays or Counsels, Civil and Morall] :
* 1855 , , History of England from the Accession of James II, Part 3 , [http://books.google.com/books?id=MN5CNdgbSTYC&pg=PA267 page 267]:
- Not that they feel it so, but only to abate the edge of envy.
To decrease in intensity or force; to subside.
- The fury of Glengarry rapidly abated .
To deduct or omit.
* 1845 , , The Church History of Britain , Volume 3, [http://books.google.com/books?id=OfefAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA100 page 100]:
- We will abate this price from the total.
To bar or except.
- Allowing nine thousand parishes (abating the odd hundreds) in England and Wales
To cut away or hammer down, in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as a sculpture, or in metalwork.
(obsolete) To dull the edge or point of; to blunt.
- Abating his brutality, he was a very good master.
(archaic) To destroy, or level to the ground. [ ]
* 1542 , , The Union of the Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancastre and York :
- The kynge of Scottes planted his siege before the castell of Norham, and sore abated the walls.
* (bring down or reduce) lessen; diminish; contract; moderate; cut short; decrease
* (diminish in force or intensity) diminish; subside; decline; wane; ebb
* (bring someone down) humble; depress
* (come to naught) fall through; fail
* augment; accelerate; intensify; rise; revive
* abate of
From (etyl) abatre, an alteration of enbatre, from (etyl) en + .
(legal) To enter a tenement without permission after the owner has died and before the heir takes possession.
From (etyl) abate, from (etyl) .
An Italian abbot, or other member of the clergy.