Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several holidays, usually four or eight in number, in Wicca and related Neopagan religious traditions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See Sabbath.

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

  • noun In mediæval demonology, the nocturnal assembly in which demons and sorcerers were thought to celebrate their orgies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun witches' Sabbath

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a midnight meeting of witches to practice witchcraft and sorcery; in the Middle Ages it was supposed to be a demonic orgy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, Sabbath, sabbat, from Old French, Sabbath; see Sabbath.]

Examples

  • Though not inclined to be superstitious, nor hitherto believing that man could be brought into bodily communication with demons, I felt the terror and the wild excitement with which, in the Gothic ages, a traveller might have persuaded himself that he witnessed a 'sabbat' of fiends and witches.

    The Coming Race

  • The whole sabbat-familiar-broomstick thing was held to be imaginary, not real.

    April 9th, 2009

  • There was no writing on Monday, because it was Mabon, and I had no intention of spending the whole sabbat at a keyboard.

    "We've been watching you with all our eyes..."

  • I so desperately want to find a coven, and one reason is so that we do not have to be solely responsible for the details of ceremony on every sabbat and esabat.

    Lughnasadh '08

  • Liams bortgång hade verkligen sabbat allt för Murray.

    Boing Boing

  • The patriarchal demand for submissive women is reinforced by imagining its opposite: sex with the devil, one of the most striking legendary sabbat practices.

    National Demons: Robert Burns, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Folk in the Forest

  • Accordingly, Burns is able to provide a fully fleshed-out account of the sabbat Tam encounters:

    National Demons: Robert Burns, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Folk in the Forest

  • The fast-growing community's biggest holiday - or sabbat, as holidays are also called - Samhain, arrives this weekend, mixing themes of harvest, renewal and communing with the dead.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • The fast-growing community's biggest holiday - or sabbat, as holidays are also called - Samhain, arrives this weekend, mixing themes of harvest, renewal and communing with the dead.

    Samhain: Pagan celebration honoring the dead

  • Perhaps strangest of all, the sabbat is led by none other than Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General--who may be dead, but isn't gone or by any means forgotten!

    THE WITCHFINDERS by Ralph Comer (Award 1968)

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