Noun Ablution Definition and Examples







An act of washing oneself.
  1. 'She has all her life been opposed to human interference where her ablutions are concerned and age has not dimmed her memory of the purpose of brush and comb.'
  2. 'Our daily lives are being planned around when we can perform our ablutions and eat; an army-style shower is now becoming our treat du jour.'
  3. 'Start the download of morning news while I perform morning ablutions.'
  4. 'When I was done she wrapped my shoulders in a towel, and then performed her own quick ablutions as Alice and I finished drying ourselves.'
  5. 'The daily routine started early in the morning with ablutions followed by a meagre breakfast at eight o'clock then back in the cell until they were served a plateful of dinner at about four o'clock.'
  6. 'David wandered into the bathroom to perform his morning ablutions and all I heard was ‘Oh my God'. I went dashing in and saw what his oh my godding was about.'
  7. 'At the top of the building, the glass roof of the children's shower can be opened at the touch of a switch for open-air ablutions or access to a rooftop terrace.'
  8. 'So you need not panic if you ingest a little during your morning ablutions.'
  9. 'Once, while demonstrating how it worked, the bath was wheeled in complete with his wife at her ablutions.'
  10. 'Dominic whistled cheerfully as he strode along his worn path to the stream where he performed his daily ablutions.'
  11. 'Moreover, the several marble basins that were found in the building, and that might have formed part of its furnishings in the last phase and perhaps even in previous phases, could have held water for ritual ablutions.'
  12. 'Hassane and most of the competitors sheepishly made their way over to El Hadji's open-air mosque to perform their ablutions and prayers.'
  13. 'He applied sandal paste on his forehead and wore the sacred thread across his body and was rigorous in the ablutions before prayers.'
  14. 'Most religions practice ritual ablution, or bathing - though only Hinduism by the millions at once.'
  15. 'During the lunch break I went to the bathroom to perform an ablution for the Zuhar prayers but in the Western style bathroom it was not a very feasible idea.'
  16. 'While Abas was putting on his shirt after performing the ablutions for the afternoon prayer, he was surprised to see a new prayer mat spread neatly on his bed.'
  17. 'At lunchtime, bearded students perform their ablutions along a long row of taps before going off to pray.'
  18. 'She would have been down there taking a ceremonial ablution and praying to the river god Hapi, who was also the god of fertility.'
  19. 'Prayers are to be made in the direction of Mecca and must be carried out in a state of ritual purity, achieved by either ritual ablutions or a bath.'
  20. 'He may practice Divine knowledge, meditation, pilgrimages, and ablutions.'
  21. 'There has been no… maintenance done to any of the ablutions.'
  22. 'The guards now took over, kicking and shoving him in the direction of the ablutions.'
  23. 'Camp beds were also lacking, ablutions were rudimentary and much of the kit was more suitable for a winter campaign in the northern Europe of the cold war.'
((n.) The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite.|--|(n.) The water used in cleansing.|--|(n.) 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.|--|)


1. a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual.

2. the liquid thus used.

3. Usually, ablutions. a washing of the hands, body, etc.


"ablutions can be on grounds."
"ablutions can be in states."

Late Middle English: from Latin ablutio(n-), from abluere, from ab- ‘away’ + luere ‘wash’. The original use was as a term in chemistry and alchemy meaning ‘purification by using liquids’, hence ‘purification of the body by washing’ (mid 16th century).

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