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[es-bat] /ˈɛs bæt/
a convocation of witches.
Origin of esbat
1965-70; apparently a contemporary borrowing of Old French esbat amusement, diversion (French ébat), derivative of esbattre frolic, equivalent to es- ex-1 + battre < Latin battuere pound, beat; compare obsolete English esbatement amusement Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The business carried on at the esbat was usually the practice of magic for the benefit of a client or for the harming of an enemy.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe Margaret Alice Murray
  • Though there was no fixed day for the esbat, it seems probable that one day in the week was observed in each locality.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe Margaret Alice Murray

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