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laɪˈbeɪ ʃənli·ba·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. libationnoun

    (facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage

  2. libationnoun

    a serving (of wine) poured out in honor of a deity

  3. libationnoun

    the act of pouring a liquid offering (especially wine) as a religious ceremony

Wiktionary

  1. libationnoun

    The act of pouring a liquid or liquor, usually wine, either on the ground or on a victim in sacrifice, in honor of some deity.

  2. libationnoun

    The wine or liquid thus poured out.

  3. libationnoun

    A beverage, especially an alcoholic one (often used humorously).

  4. Etymology: From libatio, from libare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Libationnoun

    Etymology: libatio, Latin.

    In digging new earth pour in some wine, that the vapour of the earth and wine may comfort the spirits, provided it be not taken for a heathen sacrifice, or libation to the earth. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    They had no other crime to object against the Christians, but that they did not offer up libations, and the smoke of sacrifices, to dead men. Edward Stillingfleet, on Rom. Idolatry.

    The goblet then she took, with nectar crown’d,
    Sprinkling the first libations on the ground. John Dryden, Æn.

Wikipedia

  1. Libation

    A libation is a ritual pouring of a liquid, or grains such as rice, as an offering to a deity or spirit, or in memory of the dead. It was common in many religions of antiquity and continues to be offered in cultures today. Various substances have been used for libations, most commonly wine or other alcoholic drinks, olive oil, honey, and in India, ghee. The vessels used in the ritual, including the patera, often had a significant form which differentiated them from secular vessels. The libation could be poured onto something of religious significance, such as an altar, or into the earth. In East Asia, pouring an offering of rice into a running stream symbolizes the detachment from karma and bad energy.

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  1. libation

    A libation is a ritualistic act of pouring out or drinking a liquid such as wine or other beverage as a form of sacrifice or offering in honor of a god, deity or ancestor in various religious and cultural ceremonies. It may also refer to an alcoholic beverage itself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Libationnoun

    the act of pouring a liquid or liquor, usually wine, either on the ground or on a victim in sacrifice, in honor of some deity; also, the wine or liquid thus poured out

  2. Etymology: [L. libatio, fr. libare to take a little from anything, to taste, to pour out as an offering: cf. F. libation.]

Wikidata

  1. Libation

    A libation is a ritual pouring of a liquid as an offering to a god or spirit or in memory of those who have died. It was common in many religions of antiquity and continues to be offered in various cultures today. Various substances have been used for libations, most commonly wine or olive oil, and in India, ghee. The vessels used in the ritual, including the patera, often had a significant form which differentiated them from secular vessels. The libation could be poured onto something of religious significance or into the earth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Libation

    lī-bā′shun, n. the pouring forth wine or other liquid in honour of a deity: the liquid poured.—adj. Lī′bant, sipping.—v.t. Lī′bate (rare), to make a libation to.—adj. Lī′batory, pertaining to libation. [L. libation-emlibāre, -ātum; Gr. leibein, to pour.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of libation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of libation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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