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lustrate

[luhs-treyt] /ˈlʌs treɪt/
verb (used with object), lustrated, lustrating.
1.
to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.
Origin of lustrate
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin lūstrātus, past participle of lūstrāre to purify, illumine. See luster1, -ate1
Related forms
lustration, noun
lustrative
[luhs-truh-tiv] /ˈlʌs trə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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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

lustrate

/ˈlʌstreɪt/
verb
1.
(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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