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But his contempt was abating; he was growing uneasy; Philip was before him as fierce as ever.

The gale still held on, however, and we saw no signs of its abating.

Indeed, communication was not difficult now that the force of the gale was abating.

The wind is abating, madam,—the worst is over; and now to my question.

In the meantime the Queen's anger was abating, and the trouble was blowing over.

Some of her fury was abating, but she was still critical of the professional mercenary.

Then, just as the epidemic appeared to be abating, it reached our own home.

How anxiously we looked out for some sign that the gale was abating, but in vain.

She eagerly watched the window for some sign that the storm was abating.

The storm instead of abating only seemed to increase in violence.

WORD ORIGIN

"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.

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