- a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual.
- the liquid thus used.
- Usually ablutions. a washing of the hands, body, etc.
Origin of ablution
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Examples from the Web for ablutionary
The ablutionary fluid is most difficult to be had in places where water is abundant.
Like the other, he comes in priestly and ablutionary office.Musical Portraits
When the two married, Milly's people went through that ablutionary process known as washing their hands of her.Gigolo
The loch was a little too far from the house to be a convenient place of resort for ablutionary purposes.Freaks on the Fells
The ablutionary tank made by Solomon was as large as a hundred and fifty lavatories.
- the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
- (often plural) the act of washing (esp in the phrase perform one's ablutions)
- (plural) military informal a washing place
C14: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away
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Word Origin and History for ablutionary
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