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.
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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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