Definition of libation in English:

libation

noun

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

    ‘he poured the libation of rum on the ground’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These cups are particularly common in sanctuary contexts, where it has been argued that they might have been used for pouring libations.’
    • ‘Each receipt would entitle its purchaser to the necessary libations or meal offerings required for different ceremonies.’
    • ‘She went on to explain that pouring libations is an African tradition for paying homage to ancestors.’
    • ‘Some groups of cultural heritage tourists choose this spot for pouring libations to ancestors.’
    • ‘Aeneas awoke and poured a libation and then told the vision to his father.’
    • ‘The process of selling libations and meal offerings required purchasing and then redeeming different tickets, which were specifically marked to prevent fraud.’
    • ‘Judaism and paganism both practiced the pouring of sacrificial libations of both blood and 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.’
    • ‘They pour libations and she asks Aeneas many questions about his suffering.’
    • ‘Nestor prays for them as they arrive and the pair pours libations to Athena.’
    • ‘These objects are kept in a family stool house and brought out every six weeks, when libations are poured and animals sacrificed.’
    • ‘She holds a vessel in one hand and a cloth in another as she pours a libation before him.’
    • ‘If permission is granted, the linguist offers a libation to the god by pouring several drops of alcohol onto the ground.’
    • ‘Such imposing classical receptacles are associated with pagan temples, worship and libations, and they thus introduce a sense of solemn ritual and ceremony.’
    • ‘The libation is poured into the soil before her father's tomb as she speaks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Possibly these cups were used in the performance of cult, such as feasting by the worshippers and offering of libations to the deities.’
    • ‘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.’
    liquid offering, offering, tribute, dedication, oblation
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    1. 1.1mass noun The pouring out of a libation.
      ‘gin was poured in libation’
      • ‘Other participants perform libation using Scotch or other similar liquor by pouring from a ram's horn.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2humorous A drink.
      ‘tequila is a favourite libation throughout the West’
      • ‘I had poured myself a nice refill of the evening's libation.’
      • ‘Conveniently, brother John Paul's favourite football team are sponsored by his favourite libation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Please allow us to suggest some crowd-pleasing libations based on your menu selections as well as budget and palate preferences.’
      • ‘‘I call this libation the Lord Byron,’ he announces.’
      drink, beverage, alcoholic drink, liquid refreshment, bracer
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin libatio(n-), from libare ‘pour as an offering’.

Pronunciation

libation

/lʌɪˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/