burnt offering

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Noun[edit]

burnt offering ‎(plural burnt offerings)

  1. A slaughtered animal offered and burnt on an altar, as an atonement for sin
  2. by extension, any item offered to deities and/or the deceased in such a way
    Joss paper serves as a burnt offering - global warming, who cares (or e-worshipping, for that matter)?
  3. a sacrifice
  4. (humorous) Overcooked food.