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[luhs-treyt] /ˈlʌs treɪt/
verb (used with object), lustrated, lustrating.
to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.
Origin of lustrate
1615-25; < Latin lūstrātus, past participle of lūstrāre to purify, illumine. See luster1, -ate1
Related forms
lustration, noun
[luhs-truh-tiv] /ˈlʌs trə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lustration
Historical Examples
  • The idea of lustration, however, is not involved in that of metempsychosis.

  • The corpse also must be subjected to a lustration by which it is purified.

  • In this case the sole purpose of the sweating is obviously that of lustration.

  • Birds are unceasingly attentive to neatness and lustration of their plumage.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • All these practices point either to lustration or propitiation.

    British Goblins Wirt Sikes
  • He had been obliged to undergo a lustration of near an hour, before he could be put to bed.

    Damon and Delia William Godwin
  • Let them perform a lustration; let them purify this House, and this country, from this sin.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • And yet, though all these things are impure, there is no lustration.

    Hills and the Sea H. Belloc
  • It is neither immersion nor sprinkling nor any other mode of lustration which marks us out as God's.

  • Wundts further elucidations refer to the relation of taboo to lustration and sacrifice.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
British Dictionary definitions for lustration


(transitive) to purify by means of religious rituals or ceremonies
Derived Forms
lustration, noun
lustrative (ˈlʌstrətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūstrāre to brighten
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