ablution

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈbluːʃən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈbluʃən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə blo̅o̅shən)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•lu•tion /əˈbluʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Religiona cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•lu•tion  (ə blo̅o̅shən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual.
  2. the liquid thus used.
  3. a washing of the hands, body, etc.
ab•lution•ar′y, adj. 
  • Latin ablūtiōn- (stem of ablūtiō), equivalent. to ablūt(us), past participle of abluere (see abluent) + -iōn- -ion
  • Middle English 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ablution /əˈbluːʃən/ n
  1. the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
  2. (often plural) the act of washing (esp in the phrase perform one's ablutions)
  3. (plural) informal a washing place
Etymology: 14th Century: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away

abˈlutionary adj
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