lustration definition

  • noun:
    • A rite of purification, specially washing.
    • The restoration of credibility to a government by the purging of perpetrators of crimes dedicated under an earlier regime.
    • The work of lustrating or purifying.
    • A sacrifice, or service, in which locations, fields, armies, or folks, defiled by crimes, pestilence, or other cause of uncleanness, were purified.
    • Ceremonial purification; specially, a religious act of purgation or cleansing by way of water or certain sacrifices or ceremonies, or both, performed among the ancients upon individuals, armies, cities, localities, animals, etc.

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