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.
Origin of ablution
1350–1400; Middle EnglishRelated formsab·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective
< Latin ablūtiōn-
(stem of ablūtiō
), equivalent to ablūt(us
), past participle of abluere
) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples of ablution
"There ain't any ablution in the house," said the mystified Hannah.
This ablution made him clean, but did not bring back his ruddy color.
An ablution is a washing or cleansing; especially a religious rite.
The evening had come, it was time to perform the evening's ablution.
Our morning ablution had to be performed with cold water and soft soap.
British Dictionary definitions for ablution
Derived Formsablutionary, adjective
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
Word Origin for ablution
C14: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away
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Word Origin and History for ablution
"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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