Definition of libation in English:



  • 1A drink poured out as an offering to a deity.

    ‘he poured the libation of rum on the ground’
    • ‘She holds a vessel in one hand and a cloth in another as she pours a libation before him.’
    • ‘Such imposing classical receptacles are associated with pagan temples, worship and libations, and they thus introduce a sense of solemn ritual and ceremony.’
    • ‘When one pagan group was ordered to dismantle a totem pole over which libations were poured, they simply placed a bust of Lenin on top and continued as before.’
    • ‘The process of selling libations and meal offerings required purchasing and then redeeming different tickets, which were specifically marked to prevent fraud.’
    • ‘Aeneas awoke and poured a libation and then told the vision to his father.’
    • ‘If permission is granted, the linguist offers a libation to the god by pouring several drops of alcohol onto the ground.’
    • ‘The libation is poured into the soil before her father's tomb as she speaks.’
    • ‘These cups are particularly common in sanctuary contexts, where it has been argued that they might have been used for pouring libations.’
    • ‘She went on to explain that pouring libations is an African tradition for paying homage to ancestors.’
    • ‘A separate libation (drink offering) may be given to the gods, landwights or housewights, or some of the contents of the horn may be poured out as an offering to them.’
    • ‘These objects are kept in a family stool house and brought out every six weeks, when libations are poured and animals sacrificed.’
    • ‘Possibly these cups were used in the performance of cult, such as feasting by the worshippers and offering of libations to the deities.’
    • ‘All libations denote a sacrifice to the deity, but the one in the meal-context denotes a sharing with the god as all partake of the same drinking of wine.’
    • ‘Actually, if you go back to nearly all the ancient pagan forms of magic in western and northern Europe they nearly all revolve around systems of libations and offerings.’
    • ‘Each receipt would entitle its purchaser to the necessary libations or meal offerings required for different ceremonies.’
    • ‘Some groups of cultural heritage tourists choose this spot for pouring libations to ancestors.’
    • ‘Later in the same night, on their return from their spying mission, he and Diomedes sit down to dine, drink, and pour a libation again.’
    • ‘Nestor prays for them as they arrive and the pair pours libations to Athena.’
    • ‘Judaism and paganism both practiced the pouring of sacrificial libations of both blood and wine.’
    • ‘They pour libations and she asks Aeneas many questions about his suffering.’
    liquid offering, offering, tribute, dedication, oblation
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The pouring out of a libation.
      ‘gin was poured in libation’
      • ‘Wine and beer were frequently offered, among many other foods and drinks, to deities as part of the cult, and the practice of libation was widespread in temple ritual.’
      • ‘When we refer to ‘they made a libation of water’, a libation is simply pouring a drink offering.’
      • ‘Other participants perform libation using Scotch or other similar liquor by pouring from a ram's horn.’
    2. 1.2humorous A drink.
      ‘tequila is a favourite libation throughout the West’
      • ‘Conveniently, brother John Paul's favourite football team are sponsored by his favourite libation.’
      • ‘‘I call this libation the Lord Byron,’ he announces.’
      • ‘Please allow us to suggest some crowd-pleasing libations based on your menu selections as well as budget and palate preferences.’
      • ‘Anyone remotely familiar with Germany knows that beer, wine, and other libations, such as Most and Korn, play a significant role in its culture and society.’
      • ‘I had poured myself a nice refill of the evening's libation.’
      drink, beverage, alcoholic drink, liquid refreshment, bracer
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Late Middle English: from Latin libatio(n-), from libare pour as an offering.