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ablution

ab·lu·tion

ablution

pronunciation:
blu shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a washing or cleansing of oneself, esp. as part of a religious observance or ritual.
Purification through ablution is a component of the Islamic prayer ritual.
synonyms:
bath, cleansing, purification
similar words:
baptism, immersion, purging
definition 2: the liquid used in such washing.
synonyms:
bath
similar words:
holy water
derivation: ablutionary (adj.)