I am curious as to if anyone else has heard of, seen, or used the term "absolutions." I purchased William F. Buckley, Jr.'s book The Lexicon a few weeks back, and this is one of the first words that caught my eye. Its supposed meaning is "the washing of one's body or part of it," with the example text given:
Several witnesses noted the license number, and the California authorities had it within minutes, leaving it a mystery why there was no one there at his apartment to greet Edgar Smith when he drove in to perform the identical absolutions of nineteen years earlier—an effort to remove the blood from his person and clothing.
This usage has quite the semantic parallel to the singular version of the word; however, I have had no luck in finding this exact meaning anywhere else. Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
(Edit: This turned out to be nothing more than a typo in my book. Ablutions was, indeed, the word that should have appeared in the text. I do thank everyone for clearing it up, though.)