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verb (used with object), lus·trat·ed, lus·trat·ing.
  1. to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.
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Origin of lustrate

1615–25; < Latin lūstrātus, past participle of lūstrāre to purify, illumine. See luster1, -ate1
Related formslus·tra·tion, nounlus·tra·tive [luhs-truh-tiv] /ˈlʌs trə tɪv/, adjective
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Related Words for lustration

ablution, absolution, atonement, baptism, catharsis, distillation, forgiveness, grace, purgation, purge, rebirth, redemption, refinement, regeneration, salvation, washing, bathing, disinfection, expiation, expurgation

Examples from the Web for lustration

Historical Examples of lustration

  • The idea of lustration, however, is not involved in that of metempsychosis.

    Elements of Folk Psychology

    Wilhelm Wundt

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

  • In this case the sole purpose of the sweating is obviously that of lustration.

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

  • All these practices point either to lustration or propitiation.

    British Goblins

    Wirt Sikes

British Dictionary definitions for lustration


  1. (tr) to purify by means of religious rituals or ceremonies
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Derived Formslustration, nounlustrative (ˈlʌstrətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for lustrate

C17: from Latin lūstrāre to brighten
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