Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A day of complete abstinence from food; a day of fasting; a fast-day.

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Examples

  • Monks ought to keep silence at all times, but especially during the hours of the night; and therefore on all days, whether of fast or not, let them all come together, presently after supper if it be not a fasting-day, and let one read the "Collations," or Lives of the

    The Life of Our most Holy Father S. Benedict

  • But if it be a fasting-day, let them, as we have said come to the reading of the Collations shortly after

    The Life of Our most Holy Father S. Benedict

  • Ahab, in imitation of the godly, did in his fast lie in sackcloth, to break his sleep by night (1 Kings xxi. 27), what shall we think of those who on a fasting-day will yield themselves to sleep in the open church?

    The Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.

  • They proclaimed their fasting, and managed it so that all who saw them might take notice that it was a fasting-day with them.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • The modern Jews observe the thirteenth day, the day appointed for their destruction, as a fasting-day, grounding the practice on v. 31, the matters of their fastings and cry.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume II (Joshua to Esther)

  • A fasting-day no sooner comes, but my lineage goes to wrack; poor cobs! they smoak for it, they are made martyrs O 'the gridiron, they melt in passion: and your maids to know this, and yet would have me turn Hannibal, and eat my own flesh and blood.

    Every Man in His Humor

  • 'slid, I have much ado to feed myself; especially on these lean rascally days too; an't had been any other day but a fasting-day -- a plague on them all for me!

    Every Man in His Humor

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