vastation

To purify something by using fire, or to purify a soul by cremation

Grandiloquent dictionary. 2006.

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  • Vastation — Vas*ta tion, n. [L. vastatio, fr. vastare to lay waste, fr. vastus empty, waste.] A laying waste; waste; depopulation; devastation. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vastation — vaˈstāshən noun ( s) Etymology: Latin vastation , vastatio, from vastatus (past participle of vastare to lay waste, from vastus empty, waste) + ion , io ion more at waste 1. obsolete : d …   Useful english dictionary

  • vastation — noun devastation, laying waste …   Wiktionary

  • Vastation — Vas|ta|ti|on, die; , en [lat. vastatio, zu: vastare = wüst machen, veröden, zu: vastus, ↑vast] (veraltet): Verwüstung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Vastation — Vas|ta|ti|on die; , en <aus gleichbed. lat. vastatio zu vastare, vgl. ↑vastieren> (veraltet) Verwüstung …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • vastation — [va steɪʃ(ə)n] noun archaic or literary 1》 spiritual purification or purgation. 2》 devastation. Origin C16: from L. vastatio(n ), from vastare lay waste …   English new terms dictionary

  • vastation — vas·ta·tion …   English syllables

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  • Devastation — Dev as*ta tion, n. [Cf. F. d[ e]vastation.] 1. The act of devastating, or the state of being devastated; a laying waste. [1913 Webster] Even now the devastation is begun, And half the business of destruction done. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vastitude — Vas ti*tude, n. [L. vastitudo.] 1. Vastness; immense extent. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Destruction; vastation. [Obs.] Joye. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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