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ablution

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Definition the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
  • She sprang out of bed and accomplished the two ablutions of soul and body, her prayers and her toilet.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Excuse me, I've only just finished my ablutions," he said, smiling, standing before him in his underclothes only.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • He told people the correct way to do their ablutions for prayers—which body part to wash first.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • 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
  • "Home for nineteen hours and you've already indulged your predilection for ablutionary excesses, hah!
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Still startled, the woman moved out, keeping the ablution-tank between them.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Bad plan," went on Presbrey, noting how gingerly his visitor had gone about his ablutions.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • The sun tanned his light shoulders by the banks of the river when bathing, performing the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • 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

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