lustrate

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EtymologyEdit

Latin lustratus, past participle of lustrare ‎(to lustrate), from lustrum. See lustrum.

VerbEdit

lustrate ‎(third-person singular simple present lustrates, present participle lustrating, simple past and past participle lustrated)

  1. To make clear or pure by means of a propitiatory offering; to purify.
    • c. 1650, Henry Hammond, Miscellaneous Theological Works of Henry Hammond, D. D., Vol. 3 (1850 edition), Sermon 23, p. 503 (Google preview):
      We must purge, and cleanse, and lustrate the whole city.
    • 1853, Charles Kingsley, Hypatia, ch. 20:
      "Well," said Hypatia, more and more listlessly; "it might be more prudent to show them first the fairer and more graceful side of the old Myths. . . . I wish to lustrate them afresh for the service of the gods."
    • 1909, Edith Wharton, "An Autumn Sunset" in Artemis to Actaeon and Other Poems:
      Mid-zenith hangs the fascinated day
      In wind-lustrated hollows crystalline.

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ParticipleEdit

lustrāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of lustrātus
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