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From Middle English oblacioun, from Old French oblacion, from Latin oblātiō (offering), from offerō (I offer, present).



oblation (plural oblations)

  1. The offering of worship, thanks etc. to a deity.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Leviticus 2:7:
      And if thy oblation be a meate offering baken in the frying pan,it ſhalbe made of fine flowꝛe with oyle.
    • 1786, [William Beckford], translated by [Samuel Henley], An Arabian Tale, from an Unpublished Manuscript: [], new edition, London: [] W. Clarke, [], published 1809, →OCLC:
      whatever she judged proper for the oblation of the approaching night.
    • 1906 April, O. Henry [pseudonym; William Sydney Porter], “From the Cabby’s Seat”, in The Four Million, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co, →OCLC, page 165:
      In the fulness of time there was an eruption of the merry-makers to the sidewalk. The uninvited guests enveloped and permeated them, and upon the night air rose joyous cries, congratulations, laughter and unclassified noises born of McGary's oblations to the hymeneal scene.
    • 2017, “Wallowa Lake Monster”, in The Greatest Gift, performed by Sufjan Stevens:
      As she waits for her children in the shade / Demogorgon or demigod the ghost parade / No oblation will bring her back to our place
  2. (by extension) A deed or gift offered charitably.

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oblation f (plural oblations)

  1. oblation

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  1. Alternative form of oblacioun