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Below you will find the definition of ablution, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
EXAMPLES - Ablution in a Sentence
- Make repeated love, do repeated ablution (e5. 29, p. 67). (source)
- It appeared that we shared the ablution block with the guards. (source)
- There was no water in the room to use for ablution before prayer. (source)
- Half an ablution later I heard Luke cough and then whisper my name. (source)
- Keely felt her strength slowly returning with each simple ablution she performed. (source)
- He used to perform his ablution in the bathroom, in a very serious, solemn manner. (source)
- And the 19 hijackers went through this ablution process, including the flower water. (source)
- Here, the ablution marks the transition from the profane sector of life to the sacred. (source)
- Despite how it sounds, "ablution" is ceremonial washing, not a stomach-flattening exercise. (source)
- I made ablution for evening prayers and washed the makeup and mud off my face in the shower. (source)
- And also smelling like flower water, which is a pre-martyrdom Islamic ritual called ablution. (source)
- The design of showers, baths or ablution facilities should always consider water availability. (source)
- "Local residents used the seep for ablution, washing animal skins and clothes - not for drinking." (source)
- That said, men and women diverge dramatically when it comes to concepts of ablution and cleanliness. (source)
- The shelter consists of 14 family rooms, a cooking and a dining area, a laundry room and ablution facilities. (source)
- Its waters, mixed with a black mud, were neither useful to quench the thirst of the inhabitants, nor for ablution. (source)
- Or will I sit like one homogenous lump of bio mass and water and not want to do anything even remotely resembling ablution. (source)
- 308 Complete ablution is rendered necessary chiefly by the emission of semen either in copulation or in nocturnal pollution. (source)
- Young women with families often don't have the time to worship, especially given the lengthy ablution rituals several times a day. (source)
- In a politically correct World shouldn't we also be providing more ablution facilities for religious minorities who wish to ramble. (source)
- Just a coupla days ago she phoned me and said that a man was seen at their ablution (spelling) area and threatened to kill 10 and rape 1! (source)
- Stan went to the ablution block one morning with the bucket, and when it was clean, they offered to let him fill it up with water from the oil barrel. (source)
- You press Mustapha; he still gapes and stares, and at last goes away to wash himself in honor of Allah, beginning his ablution at the elbow and ending with the forefinger. (source)
- She was usually stationed at the kitchen table bent over her books when Miss Olive came out in her fuzzy blue bathrobe, smelling of Noxema and talc from her morning ablution. (source)
- When Communion is done, the priest purifies his fingers in the vessel set on the altar for the purpose; there being no chalice present, he does not perform an ablution as at Mass. (source)
- The AKP, seven years in office, still spewing nonsense that the reason Turkey was spared epidemics in the 16th century was due to the Islamic religious ablution five times a day -- (source)
- Unlike hand washers, or skin lubricators, or ablution executors, shampooers have been known to break into song upon settling into their activity, especially if action unfolds in a shower. (source)
- When the minor ablution is ended, the worshipper should say, I testify that there is no god but the God, the One, which for partner hath none, and I testify that Mohammed is His servant and His apostle. (source)
- Considerably refreshed by this ablution, both in mind and body, and almost sobered for the time, he dried himself as he best could; then crossed the road, and plied the knocker of the Middle Temple gate. (source)
- But if anything of the sort happen after the consecration, the insect should be caught carefully and washed thoroughly, then burned, and the "ablution," together with the ashes, thrown into the sacrarium. (source)
- The act of ablution is sympathetic magic, based as it is on the "like produces like" principle, the principle that action on the signifier (physical dirt) is, or results in, parallel action on the signified (spiritual sin). (source)
- "The Quran tells Muslims to ` eat and drink, but waste not by excess,"'Rabah said, "and the Prophet Mohammed said it is forbidden to waste water while doing ` wudu' -- the Islamic ritual ablution -- ` even if one lives near a river. "' (source)
- Then a long procession of ritual objects from the sanctuary-cups, platters, ablution vessels, all in solid gold, followed by a heavy golden table carried by four legionaries, wreathed in smoke from incense burners attached to each corner. (source)
- In all modes of travelling, the American customs, with reference to the means of personal cleanliness and wholesome ablution, are extremely negligent and filthy; and I strongly incline to the belief that a considerable amount of illness is referable to this cause. (source)
- It was on that fatal spot that he conferred on his son the honor of knighthood: and the ceremony was accomplished by a slight blow from each of the horsemen of the guard, and by a ridiculous and inhuman ablution from a pool of water, which was yet polluted with patrician blood. (source)
- In "Shower" 2005, Mr. Bleasdale caught a boy in the tiled washroom of a center for street kids in Kinshasa with his head thrown back, exposing the white arc of his teeth in a mouth set in a grin of supernal joy, as if the water splashing off his forehead were providing not just cleansing but ablution. (source)
- Baptism is the initial sacrament of the New Testament, by which the covenant people of God are sprinkled with water, by a minister of the church, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost -- to signify and to testify the spiritual ablution which is effected by the blood and Spirit of Christ. (source)
- It is allowed as a salutary maxim that the light and frivolous suspicion of a contagious malady is of sufficient weight to excuse the visits of the most intimate friends and even the servants who are dispatched to make the decent inquiries are not suffered to return home till they have undergone the ceremony of a previous ablution. (source)
- "Although the process is going well, it is a matter of concern that some houses are not built according to the set building norms and standards of the Department of Housing, which stipulate that all houses should be built with facilities such as ablution and sinks inside," committee chairwoman Zoliswa Fredericks-Kota wrote in a statement. (source)
- The three Tibetan Buddhist lineages of the New Translation Period - Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug - divide tantra into four classes: kriya (ritual Buddha-figure practice), which emphasizes external ritual practices such as ablution, diet, and fasting; charya (behavioral Buddha-figure practice), which equally emphasizes external behavior and internal methods; yoga (integrated Buddha-figure practice), which emphasizes internal methods of yoga; anuttarayoga (peerlessly integrated Buddha-figure practice), which teaches special, more advanced methods of internal practice. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 50.0, which suggests that "ablution" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 7 synonyms for ablution.
bath, cleansing, decontamination, lavation, purification, shower, showering
We have 0 antonyms for ablution.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ə-blo͞oˈshən, ă-blo͞oˈ-)
View up to 25 definitions of ablution from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious rite.
- (noun) The liquid so used.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The act of washing something.
- (noun) The ritual consumption by the deacon or priest of leftover sacred wine of host after the Communion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite.
- (noun) The water used in cleansing.
- (noun) A small quantity of wine and water, which is used to wash the priest's thumb and index finger after the communion, and which then, as perhaps containing portions of the consecrated elements, is drunk by the priest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) In a general sense, the act of washing; a cleansing or purification by water.
- (noun) Any ceremonial washing.
- (noun) In the Roman Catholic Church: The washing of the feet of the poor (John xiii. 14) on Maundy or Holy Thursday, called mandatum. The washing of the celebrant's hands before and after communion. In the Eastern Church, the purification of the newly baptized on the eighth day after baptism.
- (noun) In the Roman Catholic Church, the wine and water which after communion are separately poured into the chalice over the thumb and index-finger of the officiating priest, who drinks this ablution before going on with the closing prayers.
- (noun) In chem., the purification of bodies by the affusion of a proper liquor, as water to dissolve salts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels