What does ablution mean?

Definitions for ablutionəˈblu ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ablution(noun)

    the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels


  1. ablution(Noun)

    Originally, the purifying of oils and other substances by emulsification with hot water; now more generally, a thorough cleansing of a precipitate or other non-dissolved substance.

  2. ablution(Noun)

    The act of washing or cleansing the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite.

  3. ablution(Noun)

    The rinsing of the priest's hand following the Communion with, depending on rite, water or a mix of it and wine, which may then be drunk by the priest.

  4. ablution(Noun)

    Washing oneself; bathing, cleaning oneself up.

  5. ablution(Noun)

    The liquid used in cleansing.

  6. ablution(Noun)

    The ritual consumption by the deacon or priest of leftover sacred wine of host after the Communion.

  7. Origin: * First attested in 1395.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ablution(noun)

    the act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite

  2. Ablution(noun)

    the water used in cleansing

  3. Ablution(noun)

    a small quantity of wine and water, which is used to wash the priest's thumb and index finger after the communion, and which then, as perhaps containing portions of the consecrated elements, is drunk by the priest

  4. Origin: [L. ablutio, fr. abluere: cf. F. ablution. See Abluent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ablution

    ab-lōō′shun, n. act of washing, esp. the body, preparatory to religious rites: any ceremonial washing, symbolic of moral purification: the wine and water used to rinse the chalice, drunk by the officiating priest.—adj. Ablu′tionary. [L. ablutioab, away, luĕre = lavāre, to wash.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ablution in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ablution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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