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Definition of the noun ablution

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noun - plural: ablutions

  1. the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: lavation / wash / washing = the work of cleansing; ritual = the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

Alternative definition of the noun ablution


  1. [chemistry] Originally, the purifying of oils and other substances by emulsification with hot water; now more generally, a thorough cleansing of a precipitate or other non-dissolved substance. [definition from 15th c.]
  2. The act of washing or cleansing the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite. [definition from 16th c.]
  3. [context: Western Christianity] The rinsing of the priest's hand following the Communion with, depending on rite, water or a mix of it and wine, which may then be drunk by the priest. [definition from 17th c.]
  4. [literary or humorous, usually, in plural] Washing oneself; bathing, cleaning oneself up. [definition from 17th c.]
  5. The water used in cleansing. [definition from 17th c.]
  6. [context: Orthodox Christianity] The ritual consumption by the deacon or priest of leftover sacred wine of host after the Communion.


"Ablution" is a 2012 short comedy film written by Freddy White and directed by Vicky Lawton.

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Google previewOutlines of Islamic Jurisprudence (1998)

by Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee

Ablution is a condition for prayer and the presence of witnesses a condition for the marriage contract. The existence of witnesses, however, does not necessarily mean that a marriage has taken place, yet without witnesses a marriage would ...

Google previewCleanliness In Islam (2008)

by Remzi Kuscular

Ablution is a preparation for turning towards God.

Google previewThe Islamic Traditions of Cirebon (2006)

Ibadat and Adat Among Javanese Muslims by A.G. Muhaimin

Ablution is a kind of ceremonial bathing that involves washing 93 ...


by DF Ryschka

The ablution is a long rectangular building, with the walls appearing to be only half-finished. Surrounding the buildings is a simple, five-foot-wide strip of corrugated asbestos cladding, similar to what is on all of the roofs, leaving a two- foot gap ...

Google previewA Shi'ite Encyclopedia (2014)

by Ahlulbayt Organization

make AhlulBayt infallible any more than verse 5:6 makes anyone who performs ablution infallible! Allah sates: O you who believe! when you prepare for prayer wash your faces and your hands to the elbows; rub your heads and your feet to the ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (1915)

by James Orr

are regarded by them as warranting the inference that ablution of the hands was prerequisite to any holy act. This is the form of ...

Google previewIndian Philosophical Analysis (1993)

Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika from Gaṅgeśa to Raghunātha Śiromaṇi by Karl H. Potter, Sibajiban Bhattacharyya

The inference is this: ablution is the cause of proper pounding, because it is prescribed only for pounding, as in the case of the grains. Since grains pounded without prior ablution are not productive of the result, it has to be admitted that it is ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

Sir, Putrefaction, Solution, ablution, sublimation, Cohobation, Calcination, Ceration, and Fixation. Jonson's Alchemist, act ii. sc. 4. Hearts may be found, that harbour at this hour That love of Christ, and all its quick'ning pow'r And lips unstain'd ...

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Small photo of September 2017- International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak: Ablution or wudhu' area in front of Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque in HDR.Small photo of SUMIYOSHI, OSAKA / JAPAN - March 7, 2017: The Issun-boshi, i.e. Inch-High Samurai, made of bronze at chozuya, i.e. a Shinto water ablution pavilion, of the Tanekashi-sha shrine, which is one of masshaSmall photo of Ritual Ablution in Blue Mosque - IstanbulSmall photo of Small Temizuya Japanese water ablution pavilion at Naminoue shrine, Naha, OkinawaSmall photo of Muslim believer doing ablution process which is washing hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head and feet with water (Wudu) to make himself clean before entering an Islamic Mosque to praySmall photo of TOPKAPI PALACE & HAREM MUSEUM, ISTAMBUL. TURKEY - DECEMBER 6, 2017. Hall of the ablution fountain entrancesSmall photo of JAN 28, 2013 Naha, Okinawa, Japan : Temizuya water ablution pavilion at Naminoue shrine More...

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Scrabble value of A1B3L1U1T1I1O1N1

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