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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To purify by means of ceremony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make clear or pure by means of a propitiatory offering; to purify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make clear or pure by means of a propitiatory offering; to purify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make clear or pure; purify by or as if by the ceremony of lustration. See lustrum.
  • To go about; wander.
  • To luster.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. purify by means of a ritual; also used in post-Communist countries to refer to the political cleansing of former officials

Etymologies

Latin lūstrāre, lūstrāt-, to purify, make bright; see luster.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin lustratus, past participle of lustrare to lustrate, from lustrum. See lustrum. (Wiktionary)

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  • Now here's a pretty term for purge.

    September 23, 2008