Baptism is a religious ablution.
Baptism is an example of religious ablution.
- [usually pl.] a washing of the body, esp. as a religious ceremony
- the liquid used for such washing
Origin of ablutionMiddle English ablucioun from Classical Latin ablutio from abluere from ab-, off + luere, variant, variety of lavere, to lave
- A washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious rite.
- The liquid so used.
Origin of ablutionMiddle English ablucioun from Latin ablūtiō ablūtiōn- from ablūtus past participle of abluere to wash away ab- away ; see ab- 1. -luere to wash ; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of washing something.
- (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. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
- The act of washing or cleansing the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite. [From mid 16th century.]
- (literary or humorous, usually in the plural) Washing oneself; bathing, cleaning oneself up. [From mid 18th century.]
- (Western Christianity) The rinsing of the priest's hand and the sacred vessel following the Communion with, depending on rite, water or a mix of it and wine, which may then be drunk by the priest. [from 17th c.]
- The liquid used in the cleansing or ablution. [From early 18th century.]
- (Orthodox Christianity) The ritual consumption by the deacon or priest of leftover sacred wine of host after the Communion.
- (plural only, UK, military) The location or building where the showers and sinks are located. [From mid 20th century.]
From Middle English, ablucioun (“cleansing of impurities”), from Old French ablution, and its source, Late Latin ablūtiō (“a washing away”), from abluō (“wash away”), from ab (“away”) + luō (“wash”) .