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Sunday, June 24, 2001

Definitions for oblation

  1. The act of offering something, such as worship or thanks, especially to a deity.
  2. (Usually capitalized) The act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
  3. Something offered in a religious rite or as a charitable gift.

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Citations for oblation
There is another kind of spiritual courage as well, quieter and less celebrated, but just as remarkable: that of making each day, in its most conventional aspects -- cooking, eating, breathing -- an oblation to the absolute. Philip Zaleski, New York Times
These aren't flowers randomly snatched from the garden; these are florist's flowers, purchased as an offering, an oblation. Carol Shields, Dressing Up for the Carnival
Origin of oblation
late Middle English
1375-1425
Oblation derives from Latin oblatio, from oblatus, past participle of offerre, "to carry to, to bring to, to offer," from ob-, "to" + ferre, "to bring."
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