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Black Mass

or black mass

a blasphemous ceremony mocking the Christian Mass, especially one by an alleged worshiper of Satan.
a Requiem Mass.
Origin of Black Mass
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A shelf-like section of the Black Mass protruded a little distance from the main part of him.

    The Very Black Dean Evans
  • A circle widened from the center, and where had been a Black Mass of fish was only sand.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • To the north the Sweet Grass Mountains loomed, a Black Mass against the sky, while all about the world was carpeted with snow.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • Tonight was Black Mass, and his attendance there was definitely required.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • There was enough star-gleam to show the Black Mass of stone, like a crouching monster gathering to spring upon him.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • After what he had been through, the Black Mass was necessarily an anticlimax.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • A Black Mass of swaying people whose heads were turned in their direction to see what the commotion portended.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • There was a heavy thud, the rolling of a Black Mass on the ground, a gasp, a growl!

    The Story of Wool Sara Ware Bassett
  • At length we perceived a Black Mass and we drew it on board.

British Dictionary definitions for Black Mass

black mass

(sometimes capitals) a blasphemous travesty of the Christian Mass, performed by practitioners of black magic
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