Definition of lustral in US English:



  • Relating to or used in ceremonial purification.

    • ‘Thousands of well wishers took turns in pouring lustral water and wishing the couple many years of marital bliss.’
    • ‘Many conical cups were brought to light in the West Court, while ceremonies in the Great Hall, with a platform for a lustral basin, were perhaps characterized by restricted attendance.’
    • ‘The Sinthuvaniks and the Malhotras perform the ‘Kruat Nam’ or pouring of the lustral water to make merit for their departed.’
    • ‘Religious ceremonies will include Tak Bat, bathing of the Buddha image and pouring lustral waters on the elders.’
    • ‘Buddha images in temples and in homes are washed and polished and sprinkled with scented lustral water, which also brings merit.’
    • ‘‘Look,’ said the boy with the slender ankles, ‘it's a lustral basin.'’
    • ‘The prairies of Iowa and Kansas offer dry land aplenty, and water here is not a carrier of paralyzing sorrow but a healing substance, lustral and often luminous.’
    purgative, purging, purifying, cleansing, cleaning, releasing, relieving, freeing, delivering, exorcising, ridding
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Mid 16th century: from Latin lustralis, from lustrum (see lustrum).