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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 previewIslamic Faith and Worship (2015)

by M. Fettah Resuloğlu

Though having ablution is a must to hold and read the Qur'an, memorized verses of the Qur'an can be recited without...

The dry ablution is an exemption, as it is a substitution for the standard ritual ablution when water cannot be obtained or ...

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 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 previewThe Asiatic Annual Register (1801)

Or, A View of the History of Hindustan, and of the Politics, Commerce and Literature of Asia ...

'The period os ablution is that os the Sun's entering Aries; which, according to the Hindu computation, being reckoned from a fixai point, now happens about L'O days later than the vemal equinox. lt accordingly sell on the evening os the 8th os ...

Google previewThe Asiatic Annual Register, Or, a View of the History of Hindustan and of the Politics, Commerce and Literature of Asia (1801)

The period os ablution is that of the Sun's entering Aries ; which, according to the ctHindu computation, being reckoned from a fixed point, now happens about 20 days later than,the vernal equinox. It accordingly sell on the evening of the Sth 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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Islam (2009)

by Juan Eduardo Campo

Ablution involves the ritual cleansing of the body with pure water in preparation for performance of other acts of worship. Although there are minor differences of opinion among Islamic legal schools, Islamic law generally stipulates two kinds of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biblical Literature (1862)

by Kitto, John

Ablution. Ablution, the ceremonial washing, whereby, as a symbol of purification from uncleanness, a person was considered— to be cleansed from the taint of an inferior and less pure condition, and initiated into a higher and purer state (Lev.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Immediately, therefore, on the infliction of the bite, or as soon afterwards as possible, ablution with water and soap should be had recourse to, and be continued untd professional aid is procured. On the arrival of the surgeon, a free and ...

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Small photo of KONYA, TURKEY - JANUARY 20, 2015: The scenic sadirvan (ablution fountain) in Mevlana Museum, on January 20 in Konya.Small photo of Ablution fountain in the cloister of the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet (Poblet Monastery) in Catalonia, SpainSmall photo of Muslim Men making traditional Ablution Ceremony at Mosque Outdoor Wall. Istanbul, Turkey, November 19, 2015Small photo of MALACCA, MALAYSIA - NOVEMBER 4, 2013: External ablution at Kampung Kling Mosque in Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia. Originally build in 1748.Small photo of Beautiful Gothic arches above the ablution fountain in the cloister of the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet (Poblet Monastery) in Catalonia, SpainSmall photo of Gothic arches above the ablution fountain of the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet (Poblet Monastery) in Catalonia, SpainSmall photo of ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JANUARY 21, 2015: The tiny ablution fountain next to the entrance to the Hamidiye Turbesi (tombs), on January 21 in Istanbul. More...

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Scrabble value of A1B3L1U1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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