libation

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A ritual libation

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From Latin lībātiō, from lībāre (to take a little from anything, to taste, to pour out as an offering)

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libation (countable and uncountable, plural libations)

  1. The act of pouring a liquid, most often wine, in sacrifice on the ground, on a ritual object, or on a victim, in honor of some deity.
    Synonyms: tip, tipping
  2. The wine or liquid thus poured out.
  3. (often humorous) A beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:alcoholic beverage
    • 1997, David Foster Wallace, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again”, in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Kindle edition, Little, Brown Book Group:
      [] watching you, the waiters, not quite making eye-contact but scanning for any little way to be of service, plus plum-jacketed sommeliers walking around to see if you need a non-buffet libation

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