[ uh-bloo-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: ablutionablutionsablutionary on Thesaurus.com

  1. a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual.

  2. the liquid thus used.

  1. Usually ablutions . a washing of the hands, body, etc.

Origin of ablution

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

Other words from ablution

  • ab·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective

Words that may be confused with ablution

Words Nearby ablution

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ablution in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ablution


/ (əˈbluːʃən) /

  1. the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels

  2. (often plural) the act of washing (esp in the phrase perform one's ablutions)

  1. (plural) military informal a washing place

Origin of ablution

C14: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away

Derived forms of ablution

  • ablutionary, adjective

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012