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ablution

[uh-bloo-shuh n] /əˈblu ʃən/
noun
1.
a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual.
2.
the liquid thus used.
3.
Usually, ablutions. a washing of the hands, body, etc.
Origin of ablution
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ablūtiōn- (stem of ablūtiō), equivalent to ablūt(us), past participle of abluere (see abluent) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
ablutionary, adjective
Can be confused
ablation, ablution.
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ablution

/əˈbluːʃən/
noun
1.
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
2.
(often pl) the act of washing (esp in the phrase perform one's ablutions)
3.
(pl) (military, informal) a washing place
Derived Forms
ablutionary, adjective
Word Origin
C14: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away
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Word Origin and History for ablutionary

ablution

n.

"ritual washing," late 14c., from Latin ablutionem (nominative ablutio), noun of action from past participle stem of abluere "to wash off," from ab- "off" (see ab-) + luere "wash," related to lavere (see lave).

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