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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bloo-shuh n]
    • /əˈblu ʃən/
    • /əˈbluː.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bloo-shuh n]
    • /əˈblu ʃən/

Definitions of ablution word

  • noun ablution the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels 3
  • noun ablution the act of washing (esp in the phrase perform one's ablutions) 3
  • noun ablution a washing place 3
  • noun ablution a washing of the body, esp. as a religious ceremony 3
  • noun ablution the liquid used for such washing 3
  • noun ablution a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual. 1

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Origin of ablution

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ablūtiōn- (stem of ablūtiō), equivalent to ablūt(us), past participle of abluere (see abluent) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Ablution


ablution popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for ablution

noun ablution

  • bath — A bath is a container, usually a long rectangular one, which you fill with water and sit in while you wash your body.
  • purification — to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
  • shower — a person or thing that shows.
  • lavation — the process of washing.
  • decontamination — to make (an object or area) safe for unprotected personnel by removing, neutralizing, or destroying any harmful substance, as radioactive material or poisonous gas.

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