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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for lustrate

C17: from Latin lūstrāre to brighten
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