One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or used in ceremonial purification.
purgative, purging, purifying, cleansing, cleaning, releasing, relieving, freeing, delivering, exorcising, riddingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin lustralis, from lustrum (see lustrum).
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