Definition of deterge in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /dəˈtərj/


[with object] rare
Cleanse thoroughly.
Example sentences
  • We then watch him clean his sheets as a metaphor of his resolve to deterge the world of evil.
  • After being dried-up the polymer is not deterged by any well-known lacquer solvents.
  • The plasma-enhanced chemical cleaning is employed to deterge the Al pads of IC products.


Early 17th century: from French déterger or Latin detergere 'wipe away'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: de·terge

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.