lustrum

[ luhs-truh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF lustrum
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But truly, as he avowed, he was entering the fifth lustrum beyond it.

When the lustrum was finished, the consuls set out for their provinces.

Why, you will have a million, not in a decade, but in a lustrum.

The death of Publius Furius prevented their completing the lustrum.

Your present lustrum is not a fortunate one; but it has nearly expired, and better days are at hand.

This review was called the closing of the lustrum, because it was accompanied with sacrifices and purifications named lustrations.

They were elected once every five years, this period being called a lustrum.

And yet I felt quite happy, in spite of the tenth lustrum so near at hand for me.

The lustrum was closed by the censors: the number of citizens was three hundred and twenty-three thousand.

The lustrum was closed, and the number of citizens amounted to four hundred and fifty thousand.

WORD ORIGIN

(plural lustra), "purification of the Roman people every five years," 1580s, from Latin lustrum, perhaps from root of luere "to wash," related to lavere (see lave). Or [Watkins, Klein] from PIE *leuk-stro-, from base *leuk- "light, brightness."

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