Ablution Ab*lu`tion, n. [L. ablutio, fr. abluere: cf. F. ablution. See {Abluent}.] 1. The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite. [1913 Webster]

2. The water used in cleansing. ``Cast the ablutions in the main.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. (R. C. Ch.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • ablution — [ ablysjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIIe; lat. ecclés. ablutio 1 ♦ Liturg. rom. Action de verser sur les doigts du prêtre du vin et de l eau après la communion. Par ext. (au plur.) L eau et le vin ainsi versés. Les ablutions de la messe. 2 ♦ Relig. Lavage du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ABLUTION — (Heb. טְבִילָה; immersion ), act of washing performed to correct a condition of ritual impurity and restore the impure to a state of ritual purity. The ritually impure (or unclean) person is prohibited from performing certain functions and… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ablution — ABLUTION. s. f. Action par laquelle on lave, on nettoye quelque chose, il ne se dit que pour signifier ce que l on verse d eau & de vin dans le Calice, & sur les doigts du Prestre aprés qu il a communié. Avant l ablution. aprés l ablution. le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Ablution — is a term referring to washing, and can mean: * Ordinary washing: ** Hand washing ** Washing of the body ** by extension, ablutions can refer to a collection of regular activities taken to produce physical cleanliness, including washing but also… …   Wikipedia

  • Ablution — (lat.), in der katholischen Kirche die Abspülung des Kelches mit Wein nach dem Abendmahl. wobei der Priester ebenfalls seine Finger mit Wein und Wasser abwäscht oder purifiziert …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ablution — Ablution, im allg. Waschung, eine Ceremonie von Juden, Griechen, Römern und Muhamedanern geübt. 2. Die Abwaschung des Daumens und Zeigefingers in der hl. Messe nach der Communion durch den Priester, indem er sich Wasser und Wein von dem… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Ablution —   [zu lateinisch abluere, ablutum »abspülen«] die, / en,    1) Geologie: das Abtragen von noch nicht verfestigten Meeresablagerungen durch Strömungen.    2) katholische Kirche: die Reinigung der liturgischen Gefäße nach der Feier …   Universal-Lexikon

  • ablution — (n.) ritual washing, late 14c., from L. ablutionem (nom. ablutio), noun of action from pp. stem of abluere to wash off, from ab off (see AB (Cf. ab )) + luere wash, related to lavere (see LAVE (Cf. lave)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ablution — [n] washing bath, cleansing, decontamination, lavation, purification, shower, showering; concepts 161,165 …   New thesaurus

  • ablution — Ablution, f. acut. Est lavement, Ablutio, Baptismus, Lotio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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