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Friday, April 28, 2000

Definitions for ablution

  1. The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it (as in a religious rite).
  2. The water used in cleansing.

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Citations for ablution
Worshipers, who have performed their ablutions in the basement before entering the prayer hall, individually prepare themselves for participation in the communal worship. Jane I. Smith, Islam in America
There is . . . a large fountain in the center, beneath an opening in the roof through which the sun streams down to meet the rising water, so that ablutions required of worshipers before they pray can be performed inside the building. Mary Lee Settle, New York Times
Origin of ablution
Ablution comes from Latin ablutio, from abluere, "to wash, to remove by washing, to wash away," from ab-, "away from" + luere, "to wash."