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

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

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

    Damon and Delia William Godwin
  • In this case the sole purpose of the sweating is obviously that of lustration.

  • As water is the most common element, so also is it the most common magical means of lustration.

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

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • Sacrifices of lustration and expiation were very common, not so much for moral offences as for ceremonial mistakes.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • It is neither immersion nor sprinkling nor any other mode of lustration which marks us out as God's.

  • Here again, as in the Australian initiation ceremonies, lustration by fire signifies a magic act having reference to the future.

  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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