ablution

[uh-bloo-shuh n]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. ablepsia,
  2. abloom,
  3. abluent,
  4. ablush,
  5. abluted,
  6. ablutions,
  7. ably,
  8. abm,
  9. abm treaty,
  10. abmho

Origin of ablution

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ablūtiōn- (stem of ablūtiō), equivalent to ablūt(us), past participle of abluere (see abluent) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsab·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective

Can be confusedablation ablution

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British Dictionary definitions for ablution

ablution

noun

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
Derived Formsablutionary, adjective

Word Origin for ablution

C14: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away

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Word Origin and History for ablution

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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