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[ley-vey-shuh n]
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  1. the process of washing.
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Origin of lavation

1620–30; < Latin lavātiōn- (stem of lavātiō) a washing, equivalent to lavāt(us) (past participle of lavāre to wash) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsla·va·tion·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lavation

Historical Examples

  • The same ceremony took place with each—one foot only being honored with a lavation.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

British Dictionary definitions for lavation


  1. formal, or literary the act or process of washing
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Derived Formslavational, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin lavātio, from lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lavation


"act of washing," 1620s, from Latin lavationem (nominative lavatio), noun of action from past participle stem of lavare (see lave). Related: Lavations.

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