One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounarchaic, literary
1The purification of someone or something by the destruction of evil qualities or elements; spiritual purgation.
- ‘Reaching this point of powerlessness - of emptiness - is the vastation that Swedenborg talks about.’
- ‘Some vastation is necessary so that our remains can be safely brought to our assistance through His mercy.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin vastatio(n-), from vastare ‘lay waste’.
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