American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of offering something, such as worship or thanks, to a deity.
- n. The act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
- n. Something offered, especially the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
- n. A charitable offering or gift.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of offering. Specifically, ecclesiastical: The donation by the laity of bread and wine for the eucharist, and of other gifts or of contributions in money for the maintenance of divine worship and for the support of the clergy and the poor. In the early church the bread and wine were given by members of the congregation to the deacon before the liturgy, and offered by the priest on the altar; later this custom fell into disuse, and the other gifts were presented at or just before the offertory. The Greek church has a special preparation of the elements in the office of prothesis (see
prothesis), before the liturgy.
- n. The whole office of holy communion; the eucharist.
- n. In Roman law (oblatio), a mode of extinguishment for debt by the tender of the precise amount due. It had to be followed, in Roman and French law, in order to become an effectual tender, by depositio, or consignation into the hand of a public officer.
- n. Anything offered or presented; an offering; a gift.
- n. Specifically Anything offered or presented in worship; an offering or sacrifice; especially, ecclesiastical, a eucharistic offering or donation; usually in the plural, the eucharistic elements or other offerings at the eucharist.
- n. In canon law, anything offered to God and the church, whether movables or immovables.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of offering, or of making an offering.
- n. Anything offered or presented in worship or sacred service; an offering; a sacrifice.
- n. A gift or contribution made to a church, as for the expenses of the eucharist, or for the support of the clergy and the poor.
- n. the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity
- n. the act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist
- From Old French oblacion, from Latin oblātiō ("offering"), from offerō ("I offer, present"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English oblacioun, from Old French oblacion, from Late Latin oblātiō, oblātiōn-, from Latin oblātus, past participle of offerre, to offer : ob-, ob- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The proportion of this oblation is here determined, which was not done by the law of Moses.”
“The word oblation, from the supine of the Latin verb offero ( "to offer"), is etymologically akin to offering, but is, unlike the latter, almost exclusively restricted to matters religious.”
“(James i. 26); and if our religion be a vain oblation, a vain religion, how great is that vanity!”
“DOUGLAS: That's a new technology called oblation of a heart rhythm, where a catheter goes up through the vein in the leg and up into the heart and produces very teeny, tiny burns in an area of the heart that is causing the arrhythmia or the heart rhythm problem, and by causing that tiny scar, almost microscopic can get rid of the abnormal heart rhythm and actually cure the illness.”
“But the effects of these priestly acts, that is, his oblation and intercession, are of two sorts: -- 1.”
“And again, the oblation, that is, the portion for the tribes, shall be five and twenty thousand (Eze 48: 20).”
“We may dismiss at once such fanciful explanations as that missa is the Hebrew missah ( "oblation" -- so Reuchlin and”
“It is lawful for publicans to swear that is an oblation which is not; that you are of the king's retinue when you are not," &c. that is, publicans may deceive, and that by oath.”
“Also, hanging from the rafters are to be seen fish traps, wild chicken traps, religious objects such as oblation trays, a guitar, or a bamboo harp, and if it is a priest's house, a drum and gong.”
“_I answer that, _ First-fruits are a kind of oblation, because they are offered to God with a certain profession (Deut. 26); where the same passage continues: "The priest taking the basket containing the first-fruits from the hand of him that bringeth the first-fruits, shall set it before the altar of the Lord thy God," and further on”
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