Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of killing a victim for sacrifice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The act of killing a victim for sacrifice.

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  • noun obsolete The act of killing a victim for sacrifice.

Etymologies

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From Latin mactātiō, from mactō ("I sacrifice, slaughter").

Examples

  • After the necessary ablutions the priest once more began his pious work, while the victim growing bolder so provoked his rage that it was not till the fourth mactation that we rested and put off our joust to another season.

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • After the necessary ablutions the priest once more began his pious work, while the victim growing bolder so provoked his rage that it was not till the fourth mactation that we rested and put off our joust to another season.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • After the necessary ablutions the priest once more began his pious work, while the victim growing bolder so provoked his rage that it was not till the fourth mactation that we rested and put off our joust to another season.

    Memoirs of Casanova — Volume 12: Return to Paris

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  • act of killing,especially a sacrificial victim

    November 6, 2007