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date: 02 December 2021

ablution. 

Source:
Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage
Author(s):
Jeremy ButterfieldJeremy Butterfield

From the 16c. onwards ablution(s) has been used for the process of washing the body, or parts of the body, as a religious rite. The word was drawn into lay use in the 18c. as a somewhat lighthearted term for ‘the washing or cleansing of one’s person’, and continues to be used humorously in that way, particularly in the phrase ... ...

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