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

  • n. The process of washing; a cleansing.

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  • n. A washing or cleansing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A washing or cleansing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A washing or cleansing.

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

  • n. the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)


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

Latin lavātiō, lavātiōn-, from lavātus, past participle of lavāre, to wash; see lave.

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Latin lavatio: compare Old French lavation.


  • And he who would avenge a murder shall observe all the precautionary ceremonies of lavation, and any others which the God commands in cases of this kind.


  • This was renewed every hour of the day; for Roseton's fancy indulged the frequent and the casual lavation, and his exacting taste demanded the strictest purity.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • First a lavation; this Virginian incense is more agreeable to devout worshippers like you and me than to the uninitiated.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 20, June, 1859

  • The next morning I commenced again my duties of personal attendance upon her room, and although it was earlier than usual when I went in with a can of fresh water from the spring for her morning lavation, I once again surprised her on the ottoman drawing on her stocking.

    The Story of a Slave. A Realistic Revelation of a Social Relation of Slave Times--Hitherto Unwritten--From the Pen of One Who Has Felt Both the Lash and the Caress of a Mistress

  • At the farther end of the cook room I saw George pour hot water into his dishpan, light his pipe, and put the tableware through its required lavation.

    Waifs and Strays Part 1

  • The city has such immense natural advantages and such capabilities of boundless growth, and such varied and ever increasing accommodations and appliances for eye and ear, for memory and wit, for locomotion and lavation, and all manner of delectation, that I see that the poor fellows that live here do get some compensation for the sale of their souls.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • Peculiar to the time and place was the solemn exposition, after lavation of hands, processions backwards and forwards, and certain changes of vestments, of the identical earthen vessels -- veritable relics of the old religion of Numa!

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2

  • In the course of this lavation, it was discovered the extraordinary flow of blood and brains had been produced by the infliction of a deep wound on the back of the head, by the sharp and ponderous tomahawk of an Indian.

    Wacousta : a tale of the Pontiac conspiracy (Complete)

  • His long and broad experience in international negotiations both as a Director of the Economic Policy Division of the Department of Finance and as Associate Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce fitted him in an exceptional way to lead the Canadian delegation to the Gatt Meeting in Geneva which launched the "Kennedy Round" of tariff negotiations and also to negotiate the biggest wheat deal in Canada's history with the U.S.S.R. We are particularly grateful to you, Sir, for coming to us during this time of public lavation in Parliament when the detergents of democracy seem to have reached a new suds level.

    A Tale of Two Cities


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