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"Home for nineteen hours and you’ve already indulged your predilection for ablutionary excesses, hah!
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  the ritual washing of a priest’s hands or of sacred vessels
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ablution ablutions
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  • "Home for nineteen hours and you’ve already indulged your predilection for ablutionary excesses, hah!
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He told people the correct way to do their ablutions for prayers—which body part to wash first.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I dressed and began my usual ablutions: a quick wash with a dampened rag, a fitful, pulling shave with a knife’s edge, and then a meager, rationed morning meal of barley porridge and tea from the officers’ mess.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • When I was done with my morning ablutions and dressed in clean clothes from the camp store—sneakers, jeans, an orange Camp Half-Blood T-shirt, and a comfy winter coat of flannel wool—I felt almost optimistic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • Dougal was silent for several minutes, watching me intently as I conducted my haphazard ablutions.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Elephants were bathing in the waters of the sacred river, and groups of Indians, despite the advanced season and chilly air, were performing solemnly their pious ablutions.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Then he drags the old man out to the other part of the car to take care of the evening’s ablutions.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • She sprang out of bed and accomplished the two ablutions of soul and body, her prayers and her toilet.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The sun tanned his light shoulders by the banks of the river when bathing, performing the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • The me who is lying on the edge of the road, my leg hanging down into the gulley, is surrounded by a team of men and women who are performing frantic ablutions over me and plugging my veins with I do not know what.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay

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  • At that time in the morning any Christian would have washed his face; but Queequeg, to my amazement, contented himself with restricting his ablutions to his chest, arms, and hands.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • When his ablutions were complete, Eragon unhooked the membrane from the wall and mounted Saphira, cradling Zar’roc in the crook of his arm.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Like old ladies caught at their ablutions, the pigeons would flutter from their hiding-place, shocked into silly agitation, and, making a monstrous to-do with their wings, streak away from us above the tree-tops, and so out of sight and sound.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • As for exercise, it was nice cold weather, and he was allowed to perform his ablutions every morning under the pump, in a stone yard, in the presence of Mr. Bumble, who prevented his catching cold, and caused a tingling sensation to pervade his frame, by repeated applications of the cane.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Manzoor filled a lota, or water jug, from a tap and instructed Mortenson in the strict order in which ablutions were to be performed.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • "Excuse me, I’ve only just finished my ablutions," he said, smiling, standing before him in his underclothes only.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • From the first afternoon they bathed together, naked, the two of them making their reciprocal ablutions with water from the cistern.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • On Wednesday morning Carl got up before it was light, and stole downstairs and out of the kitchen door just as old Ivar was making his morning ablutions at the pump.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Lemme finish my goddam ablutions in peace, please.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The way of worship is primarily that of preserving and cultivating purity of heart: ’What is ablution?
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • These household cares involve much pattening and counter-pattening in the backyard and considerable use of a pail, which is finally so happy as to assist in the ablutions of Mrs. Bagnet herself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Still startled, the woman moved out, keeping the ablution-tank between them.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • My momma had to iron forty pounds of clothes to make four dollars, so we were probably the last family on Roy Webb Road to experience the joy of twentieth-century ablution.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • In the other a stately araucaria, a thriving, straight-grown baby tree, a perfect specimen, which to the last needle of the topmost twig reflects the pride of frequent ablutions.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Here Hetty performed her ablutions; then drinking of the pure mountain water, she went her way, refreshed and lighter of heart, still attended by her singular companions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Once the political ablutions were over, a gentle buzz wafted through the hallway as the students settled into their quieter routine of rote learning.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • His (Stephen’s) mind was not exactly what you would call wandering but a bit unsteady and on his expressed desire for some beverage to drink Mr Bloom, in view of the hou, it was and there being no pump of Vartry water available for their ablutions,let alone drinking purposes, hit upon an expedient by suggesting, off the reel, the propriety of the cabman’s shelter, as it was called, hardly a stonesthrow away near Butt bridge where they might hit upon some drinkables in the shape of a
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Milly thanked him and proceeded leisurely about her ablutions.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Not being a Pharisee, the ablution was short and simple with Judah.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • And yet, she heard those chords in her sleep, found herself humming them during her ablutions.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • A large praying mantis was performing ablutions on the springy stem of Jake’s cowlick.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Having come to this mental decision, I made up my mind, before I started upwards, that ablution would certainly do me a great deal of good.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Marie literally crawled out of bed, headed for the bathroom, and four minutes later, ablutions completed, her auburn hair brushed and, wearing a bathrobe, walked out through the shuttered door to the patio overlooking the pool.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Her uncle was so far rescued from that shadow of old, that he wore the clothes they gave him, and performed some ablutions as a sacrifice to the family credit, and went where he was taken, with a certain patient animal enjoyment, which seemed to express that the air and change did him good.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ) When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sackcloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Mr. Darcy may perhaps have heard of such a place as Gracechurch Street, but he would hardly think a month’s ablution enough to cleanse him from its impurities, were he once to enter it; and depend upon it, Mr. Bingley never stirs without him."
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Hendon despatched his ablutions with alacrity, then drew back the other chair and was about to place himself at table, when the boy said, indignantly— "Forbear!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Yet forgot I to make rehearsale Of waters corrosive, and of limaile,* *metal filings And of bodies’ mollification, And also of their induration, Oiles, ablutions, metal fusible, To tellen all, would passen any Bible That owhere* is; wherefore, as for the best, *anywhere Of all these names now will I me rest; For, as I trow, I have you told enough To raise a fiend, all look he ne’er so rough.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Bad plan," went on Presbrey, noting how gingerly his visitor had gone about his ablutions.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • If you need anything, ask your cousins," he said, taking a kettle from the stoop and beginning to perform ablution.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • There is more than mere humorous contrast between the famous placard in the wash-room of the British Museum: "These Basins Are For Casual Ablutions Only," and the familiar sign at American railroad-crossings: "Stop!
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The evening had come, it was time to perform the evening’s ablution.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • But for me it is time to go to the river and to perform the first ablution.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Sighing, the tailor knelt and began his ablutions again with his left foot.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The ablutions were good, but they were water, they did not wash off the sin, they did not heal the spirit’s thirst, they did not relieve the fear in his heart.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • In the center of a plaza was an Olympic-size pool Surrounded by shouting pilgrims attempting to get to the edge of the water to perform their ritual, pre-prayer ablutions.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The courtyard—entered through a ruined gate—contained an ablution tank of fresh clear water, which was always in motion, being indeed part of a conduit that supplied the city.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • With no water on hand, Abdul rolled up his pantlegs and sleeves and performed ritualized ablutions anyway, symbolically rubbing away impurities that couldn’t be washed.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • While he was performing his ablutions Dunn and Ory Tacks drove in with the day’s total of hides, eighty-six, not a good showing.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • With a groan, Eragon hobbled to the wash closet for his daily ablutions, like an old man afflicted by rheumatism.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
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