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Answer for the clue "Ceremonial washing", 8 letters:
ablution

Alternative clues for the word ablution

The act of washing yourself (or another person)

Cleansing

Word definitions for ablution in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ablution \Ab*lu`tion\, n. [L. ablutio, fr. abluere: cf. F. ablution. See Abluent .] The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite. The water used in cleansing. ``Cast the ablutions in the...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 The act of washing something. 2 # (context chemistry English) Originally, the purifying of oils and other substances by emulsification with hot water; now more generally, a thorough cleansing of a precipitate or other non-dissolved substance. (First...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"ritual washing," late 14c., from Latin ablutionem (nominative ablutio ), noun of action from past participle stem of abluere "to wash off," from ab- "off" (see ab- ) + luere "wash," related to lavere (see lave ).

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Ablution is the act of washing oneself. It may refer to: Ablution as hygiene Ablution as ritual purification : Ablution in Islam : Wudu , Ghusl , and Tayammum Ablution in Christianity Ablution in Judaism Ablution in Shinto Ablution, a certain form of absolution...

Usage examples of ablution.

With a hasty glance toward the ablution facility, Abe raced after the others, to find them by the locked door.

At Bayazid, I performed my ablution in the courtyard, entered the mosque and prayed.

The skin of this young creature, from continual ablutions and the use of mollifying ointments, was inconceivably smooth and soft.

This was nothing unusual, however, so Mary simply broke through the ice and began her morning ablutions, gratefully noticing that gentle movement reduced the soreness in her wrists.

She hurried through her ablutions and ordered a sustabar for breakfast.

Channa, the ablutions system was not completely set up and the perfume mixer not installed.

She went into the ablutions area and took a shower, trying to ignore the thing, which continued to watch her, or she presumed it was watching her, through its unblinking golden eye-slit.

She got out of bed, studiously ignoring the robot, and went into the ablutions unit.

Just imagine wasting all this space on an ablutions unit for one person.

One wall of the ablutions area changed miraculously into a mirror and she saw them both reflected in it.

There were several women delegates and Ken made the most of their ablutions until he was distracted by the appearance of Karanja in a neat grey suit, an ingratiating grin on his face and his big ears standing out like sails.

In the cold stream Deacon Rose bathed and performed his ablutions and meditations, while a much subdued Pryor saw to the horses.

Once inside the ablutions one of the interrogators pulled his underpants down around his ankles and ordered him to step out of them and bend over.

There were no accusations, no questions, instead they simply walked out of the ablutions and left him hanging there.

Church of England or of Rome as the medium of those superior ablutions described above, only that I think the Unitarian Church, like the Lyceum, as yet an open and uncommitted organ, free to admit the ministrations of any inspired man that shall pass by: whilst the other churches are committed and will exclude him.