Definition of Lustrum

1. Noun. A period of five years.

Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period



2. Noun. A ceremonial purification of the Roman population every five years following the census.
Generic synonyms: Ceremony
Geographical relationships: Capital Of Italy, Eternal City, Italian Capital, Roma, Rome
Category relationships: Antiquity
Derivative terms: Lustrate

Definition of Lustrum

1. n. A lustration or purification, especially the purification of the whole Roman people, which was made by the censors once in five years. Hence: A period of five years.

Definition of Lustrum

1. Noun. (qualifier Roman religion) A lustration or ceremonial purification of all the ancient Roman people, performed every five years, after the taking of the census. ¹

2. Noun. A period of five years. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lustrum

1. a ceremonial purification of the population in ancient Rome [n -TRUMS or -TRA]

Medical Definition of Lustrum

1. Origin: L. Cf. 2d & 3d Luster. A lustration or purification, especially the purification of the whole Roman people, which was made by the censors once in five years. Hence: A period of five years. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lustrum

lustreless
lustrelessly
lustrelessness
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lustreware
lustrical
lustrine
lustrines
lustring
lustrings
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lustrous
lustrously
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lustrousnesses
lustrum (current term)
lustrums
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lusus
lusus naturae
lusus naturæ
lususes
lutanist
lutanists
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lutation
lutations
lute

Literary usage of Lustrum

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1. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"The term lustrum primarily meant a purification by sacrifice. Varro (LL vi. 2) explains it thus : " lustrum nominatur tempus quinquennale a ..."

2. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1882)
"At first a small scheme was proposed merely to deal with the actual sewage discharged direct into lustrum Beck, but as the question of increased sewer ..."

3. A History of Rome by Robert Fowler Leighton (1878)
"The lustrum.—After completing his arrangements, Servius Tullius performed a solemn purification of the city and people. He summoned the whole people to ..."

4. The Medical Times and Gazette (1885)
"The highest discrepancy from the mean is 0-32 ; but if we exclude the first lustrum, in which the influence of cholera disturbed the ..."

5. Ovid: Selections for the Use of Schools by Ovid (1877)
"Hence ' lustrum' was used to denote ' a space of five years/ and the Censors ... We may add, that wherever the word ' lustrum' occurs in the older writers, ..."

6. The Life of Ludwig Van Beethoven by Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1921)
"Chapter V Beethoven's Friends and Patrons in the First lustrum of the Nineteenth Century—An Imperial Pupil, Archduke Rudolph—Count ..."

7. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule, George Holmes Howison (1891)
"Religious purification, ceremony of purification, lustrum. 2. ... lustrum, five years. lustrum, n. I. Lustration, purification, ceremonial cleansing. 2. ..."

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