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The action or process of emptying or purifying someone or something, typically violently or drastically.
- ‘Some vastation is necessary so that our remains can be safely brought to our assistance through His mercy.’
- ‘Reaching this point of powerlessness - of emptiness - is the vastation that Swedenborg talks about.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin vastatio(n-), from vastare lay waste.
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