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used in 1776

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assist or encourage (usually in some wrongdoing)
  • And, whereas I have given notice to all loyal inhabitants to remove such goods from hence, and all who do not remove them, or deliver them to your care, will be considered abettors of the rebels, you are hereby authorized and required to take into your possession all such goods as answer this description, and to give certificates to the owners that you have received them for their use, and will deliver them to the owners' order, unavoidable accidents excepted.
    p. 104.2
  • "The fact is," wrote Lord Rawdon, "their army is broken all to pieces, and the spirit of their leaders and their abettors is all broken....
    p. 251.7

There are no more uses of "abet" in 1776.

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