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Wednesday, January 22



Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, early 16th century


Bathing, especially as part of a routine or ritual


The act of washing something

Examples of Ablution in a sentence

"She prepared the altar with the necessary pitcher of water and perfumes for the ablution."

"Every morning she read the paper over a cup of tea, then completed the ablution of the dirty dishes and then herself."

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About Ablution

"Ablution" comes from the Latin verb “abluere,” meaning to wash away. The religious ritual context was added in 1533 in a writing by Thomas More. Since then, ablution is used to describe any sort of washing in a formal sense, but particularly as a religious or ritual act.

Did you Know?

"Ablution" is a fancy word for washing, but it has a few particular meanings. It can be used to describe the ritual hand-washing that occurs as part of a Communion ceremony. In Eastern Orthodoxy, ablution is the consumption of the leftover Communion wine. Then the British military decided to use the word in plural (ablutions) to describe a shower building.

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