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ablution (n.)

"ritual washing," late 14c., from Latin ablutionem (nominative ablutio) "a washing, cleansing," noun of action from past-participle stem of abluere "to wash off, wash away, cleanse by washing," from ab "off, away from" (see ab-) + luere "to wash," from PIE root *leue- "to wash."

Origin and meaning of ablution

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Definitions of ablution

ablution (n.)
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels;
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