ablutionary


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ab·lu·tion

 (ə-blo͞o′shən, ă-blo͞o′-)
n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ablutionary - cleansing the body by washingablutionary - cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands; "ablutionary rituals"
purifying - freeing from noxious matter; "filtration is a purifying agent"
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Agaat's rebellion against Milla's ablutionary authority is exemplified when Saar points out that though Agaat urinates in her potty voluntarily, she defecates in the garden, when she assumes that she is not under surveillance (501).