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Word: Ablution

Ablution (Noun)

Sentence with Context:

Complying with stringent social distancing rules, worshipers kept a minimum of two metres apart. They had been instructed to bring their own prayer mats and to perform the cleansing ritual, or ablution, at home, instead of in mosque grounds.

Source: guardian.ng

As an anthropologist who considers both the conceptual and political challenges of disaster, what I am suggesting here is a movement against ablution. While Puerto Ricans celebrate a historic victory with the resignation of Rosselló, let us remember that there are some things that cannot and should not be washed away—the human costs of disaster and austerity that under-gird the continued colonial experience of Puerto Ricans both on the archipelago and in the diaspora. Perhaps it is not cleansing then that we should seek, but an attentive to the sullied intersections of disaster, power, and diaspora.

Source: www.anthropology-news.org

Meaning: An act of washing oneself; A ceremonial act of washing parts of the body or sacred containers

Synonyms

Washing, Cleansing, Bathing, Showering, Scrubbing, Purification, Bath, Shower, Soak

Antonyms

Pollution, Defilement, Contaminate, Taint, Stain

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

The word “Ablution” should remind you of “Blue Ocean“. Sounds similar and rhymes right? Imagine being in front of a blue ocean. What do you do? Of course, go take a bath. Indulge in ablution. Well, in a way. Remember thus.

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