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 (ə-blo͞o′shən, ă-blo͞o′-)
1. A washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious rite.
2. The liquid so used.

[Middle English ablucioun, from Latin ablūtiō, ablūtiōn-, from ablūtus, past participle of abluere, to wash away : ab-, away; see ab-1 + -luere, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.]

ab·lu′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) 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. (Military) (plural) military informal a washing place
[C14: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away]
abˈlutionary adj


(əˈblu ʃən)

1. a cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual.
2. the liquid used.
3. a washing of the hands, body, etc.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ablūtiō= ablū-, variant s. of abluere + -tiō -tion]
ab•lu′tion•ar′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ablution - the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vesselsablution - the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
lavation, washing, wash - the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
ritual - the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies


[əˈbluːʃən] N
1. (Rel) → ablución f
to perform one's ablutions (hum) → lavarse
to be at one's ablutions (hum) → estar en el lavabo
2. ablutions (Mil) → servicios mpl


Waschung f
pl (= lavatory)sanitäre Einrichtungen pl; to perform one’s ablutions (esp hum)seine Waschungen vornehmen; (= go to lavatory)seine Notdurft verrichten
References in classic literature ?
This freshness of ablution and all the other little cares harmonized charmingly with the blue eyes, the ivory teeth, and the blond person of the old chevalier.
Darcy may perhaps have HEARD of such a place as Gracechurch Street, but he would hardly think a month's ablution enough to cleanse him from its impurities, were he once to enter it; and depend upon it, Mr.
The millmen resolved to bestow public honors on Dominicus Pike, only hesitating whether to tar and feather him, ride him on a rail, or refresh him with an ablution at the town pump, on the top of which he had declared himself the bearer of the news.
He had found his soup too hot, and thrown it at the head of the chief turnkey, who in consequence of this ablution had been put to the inconvenience of having his skin come off as he wiped his face.
In all modes of travelling, the American customs, with reference to the means of personal cleanliness and wholesome ablution, are extremely negligent and filthy; and I strongly incline to the belief that a considerable amount of illness is referable to this cause.
Considerably refreshed by this ablution, both in mind and body, and almost sobered for the time, he dried himself as he best could; then crossed the road, and plied the knocker of the Middle Temple gate.
At that time in the morning any Christian would have washed his face; but Queequeg, to my amazement, contented himself with restricting his ablutions to his chest, arms, and hands.
When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sackcloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit.
Elephants were bathing in the waters of the sacred river, and groups of Indians, despite the advanced season and chilly air, were performing solemnly their pious ablutions.
We contrived to make the blood circulate in our benumbed limbs by rubbing them vigorously with our hands; and after performing our ablutions in the stream, and putting on our still wet clothes, we began to think it advisable to break our long fast, it being now twenty-four hours since we had tasted food.
Her bridal adornments, it is true, at first caused some little dismay, having painted and anointed herself for the occasion according to the Chinook toilet; by dint, however, of copious ablutions, she was freed from all adventitious tint and fragrance, and entered into the nuptial state, the cleanest princess that had ever been known, of the somewhat unctuous tribe of the Chinooks.
These household cares involve much pattening and counter-pattening in the backyard and considerable use of a pail, which is finally so happy as to assist in the ablutions of Mrs.