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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. To purify by means of rituals or ceremonies.
2. To remove undesirable people from an organization, especially in an abrupt or violent manner.
From Latin lustrare (to make bright). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leuk- (light), which also gave us lunar, lunatic, light, lightning, lucid, illuminate, illustrate, translucent, lux, lynx, pellucid, lucubrate, lutestring, limn, levin, and lea. Earliest documented use: 1623.
“Did the holy man lustrate this chamber ... It was lustrated by prayer and tears.”
John Buchan; The Blanket of the Dark; Hodder & Stoughton; 1931.
“The new Polish law was both very broadly and very badly drawn. Among the categories of people to be lustrated were all journalists and academics.”
Timothy Garton Ash; Cleansing Poland of the ‘Red’ Poison; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); May 25, 2007.
See more usage examples of lustrate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view. -Paul Klee, painter (18 Dec 1879-1940)