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lustrate

[luhs-treyt] /ˈlʌs treɪt/
verb (used with object), lustrated, lustrating.
1.
to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin lūstrātus, past participle of lūstrāre to purify, illumine. See luster1, -ate1
Related forms
lustration, noun
lustrative
[luhs-truh-tiv] /ˈlʌs trə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lustration

lustrate

/ˈlʌstreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to purify by means of religious rituals or ceremonies
Derived Forms
lustration, noun
lustrative (ˈlʌstrətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūstrāre to brighten
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Encyclopedia Article for lustration

(from Latin lustratio, "purification by sacrifice"), any of various processes in ancient Greece and Rome whereby individuals or communities rid themselves of ceremonial impurity (e.g., bloodguilt, pollution incurred by contact with childbirth or with a corpse) or simply of the profane or ordinary state, which made it dangerous to come into contact with sacred rites or objects. The methods varied from sprinkling with or washing in water, through rubbing with various substances, such as blood or clay, to complicated ceremonies, some of which involved confession of sins. Fumigation was also used.

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