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- From Middle English, ablucioun (“cleansing of impurities”), from Old French ablution, and its source, Late Latin ablūtiō (“a washing away”), from abluō (“wash away”), from ab (“away”) + luō (“wash”).
ablution (plural ablutions)
- The act of washing something.
- (chemistry) Originally, the purifying of oils and other substances by emulsification with hot water; now more generally, a thorough cleansing of a precipitate or other non-dissolved substance. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
- The act of washing or cleansing the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite. [From mid 16th century.]
- (literary or humorous, usually in the plural) Washing oneself; bathing, cleaning oneself up. [From mid 18th century.]
- (Western Christianity) The rinsing of the priest's hand and the sacred vessel following the Communion with, depending on rite, water or a mix of it and wine, which may then be drunk by the priest. [from 17th c.]
- The liquid used in the cleansing or ablution. [From early 18th century.]
- Alexander Pope
- Cast the ablutions in the main.
- Alexander Pope
- (Orthodox Christianity) The ritual consumption by the deacon or priest of leftover sacred wine of host after the Communion.
- (plural only, UK, military) The location or building where the showers and sinks are located. [From mid 20th century.]
the act of washing or cleansing
the water used in cleansing
Roman Catholic Church: a small quantity of wine and water
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- ^ 2004 , Elliott K. Dobbie; Dunmore, C. William, et al., Barnhart, Robert K. editor, Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Edinburgh, Scotland: Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, ISBN 0550142304, page 3:
- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 5-6:
ablution f (plural ablutions)
- (Western Christianity) Ritual rinsing of the priest's hand; ablution.
- (rare) A washing, especially ritual.
- The various other meanings of the word are usually only used in the plural.