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Lustration is historically the term for various ancient Greeks and Roman purification rituals.

In the period after the fall of the various European Communist states in 1989–1991, the term came to refer to the policy of limiting participation of former communists, and especially informants of the communist secret police, in the successor governments or even in civil service positions.


[edit] Ancient use

  • "Lustratio", from "A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities", John Murray, London, 1875.

[edit] Modern use

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[edit] References

  • 1904 (Merriam) Webster's International Dictionary of the English Language says: ""a sacrifice, or ceremony, by which cities, fields, armies, or people, defiled by crimes, pestilence, or other cause of uncleanness, were purified""
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