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作者: qingchengshan 时间: 2016-6-5 08:00 标题: 2016-06-04 How to Use a Word
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作者: cristianjey 时间: 2016-6-8 11:59 标题: [Homework]2016-06-04 How to Use a Word
Today's word is ablution, spelled A-B-L-U-T-I-O-N.
Ablution is a noun that means the washing of one's body or part of it as in a religious rite. It can also mean the act or action of bathing — when used in the plural form as in ablutions. Here is the word used in a sentence by Laura First from The Daily Ardmoreite of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
While it's true that many folks enjoy the ease of hopping into a shower stall for their morning ablutions, you are still likely to find at least one tub in just about every American home.
The word ablution derives via Middle French and Middle English from the Latin verb abluere, meaning to wash away, formed from the prefix ab- meaning away or off and lavere meaning to wash. Early uses of the word occurred in contexts of alchemy and chemistry. The first known use of ablution to refer to washing as a religious rite occurs in Thomas More's The Apologye Made by Hym from 1533. Many religions include some kind of washing of the body in their rituals, usually as a form of purification or dedication. The use of the term to refer to the action of washing one's body without any religious significance did not take hold in English until the mid-18th century. In British English, ablutions can also refer to a building housing bathing and toilet facilities on a military base.
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