Pronounced: TEM-puh-rize, verb

Note: This is a “borderline” word; I have run across it and had a sense of the meaning, but wasn’t quite right.

Yesterday’s word

The word lustrate means

  • “to purify by means of rituals or ceremonies”
  • “To remove undesirable people from an organization, especially in an abrupt or violent manner”

My instincts about this word were correct; it does have the root of “light”; it comes from Latin lustrare “to make bright”. It contains the root word meaning “light”. I suppose (though the material I have doesn’t say) that when something was purified, it was brighter, and that is how that sense came to be.

First Usage

This word showed up in the early 1600s.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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