lustrate
transitive verb (lustrated; lustrating) Etymology: Latin lustratus, past participle of lustrare Date: 1653 to purify ceremonially • lustration noun

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  • Lustrate — Lus trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lustrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lustrating}.] [L. lustratus, p. p. of lustrare to lustrate, fr. lustrum. See {Lustrum}.] To make clear or pure by means of a propitiatory offering; to purify. [1913 Webster] We must… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lustrate — index decontaminate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lustrate — [lus′trāt΄] vt. lustrated, lustrating [< L lustratus, pp. of lustrare, to purify by means of a propitiatory sacrifice: see LUSTRUM] to purify by means of certain ceremonies lustration n …   English World dictionary

  • lustrate — lustration, n. lustrative /lus treuh tiv/, adj. /lus trayt/, v.t., lustrated, lustrating. to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method. [1615 25; < L lustratus, ptp. of lustrare to purify, illumine. See LUSTER1, ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • lustrate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To free from sin, guilt, or defilement: cleanse, purge, purify. See CLEAN, RELIGION …   English dictionary for students

  • lustrate — [ lʌstreɪt] verb rare purify by sacrifice, washing, or other ritual action. Derivatives lustration noun Origin C17: from L. lustrat , lustrare purify by lustral rites , from lustrum (see lustrum) …   English new terms dictionary

  • lustrate — lus·trate …   English syllables

  • lustrate — lus•trate [[t]ˈlʌs treɪt[/t]] v. t. trat•ed, trat•ing to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremony • Etymology: 1615–25; < L lūstrātus, ptp. of lūstrāre; see luster I lus•tra′tion, n. lus•tra•tive ˈlʌs trə tɪv adj …   From formal English to slang

  • lustrate — /ˈlʌstreɪt/ (say lustrayt) verb (t) (lustrated, lustrating) to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method. {Latin lustrātus, past participle} –lustration /lʌsˈtreɪʃən/ (say lus trayshuhn), noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • lustrate — v.tr. purify by expiatory sacrifice, ceremonial washing, or other such rite. Derivatives: lustration n. Etymology: L lustrare (as LUSTRUM) …   Useful english dictionary

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