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Ablu'tion. n.s. [ablutio, Lat.]

  1. The act of cleansing, or washing clean.

    There is a natural analogy between the ablution of the body and the purification of the soul; between eating the holy bread and drinking the sacred chalice, and a participation of the body and blood of Christ Taylor's Worthy Communicant.

    Wash'd by the briny wave, the pious train
    Are cleans'd, and cast th' ablutions in the main.
    Pope's Iliad.

  2. The rinsing of chymical preparations in water, to dissolve and wash away any acrimonious particles.

  3. The cup given, without consecration, to the laity in the popish churches.

Sources: Pope, Alexander (393) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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