Definition of ablution in English:

ablution

Syllabification: ab·lu·tion
Pronunciation: /əˈblo͞oSHən
 
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noun

(usually ablutions)
  • 1The act of washing oneself (often used for humorously formal effect): the women performed their ablutions
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    • Our daily lives are being planned around when we can perform our ablutions and eat; an army-style shower is now becoming our treat du jour.
    • On the wires overhead a cheerful community of young swallows were chattering and performing their evening ablutions, stretching one wing out at a time, as far as it would reach, and preening the feathers.
    • When he works in Hampshire, he has to get out of bed at 0530, perform the necessary ablutions, down a coffee and leave the house at 0600.
  • 1.1A ceremonial act of washing parts of the body or sacred containers.
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    • She would have been down there taking a ceremonial ablution and praying to the river god Hapi, who was also the god of fertility.
    • He may practice Divine knowledge, meditation, pilgrimages, and ablutions.
    • He applied sandal paste on his forehead and wore the sacred thread across his body and was rigorous in the ablutions before prayers.

Derivatives

ablutionary

adjective
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  • The tombs stand on the same platform as a white mosque and virtually in its forecourt, separated from it only by the obligatory ablutionary pond reflecting both the tombs and the mosque.
  • This invention concerns water outlets such as shower heads and water spouts for ablutionary devices or appliances.
  • On the wedding morning, various ablutionary rituals are performed on both the bride and the groom in their own homes.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin ablutio(n-), from abluere, from ab- 'away' + luere 'wash'. The original use was as a term in chemistry and alchemy meaning 'purification by using liquids', hence 'purification of the body by washing' (mid 16th century).

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