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Black Mass

or black mass

noun
1.
a blasphemous ceremony mocking the Christian Mass, especially one by an alleged worshiper of Satan.
2.
a Requiem Mass.
Origin of Black Mass
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95
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  • He reined the pinto under the trees to look up at that tall, Black Mass.

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  • A circle widened from the center, and where had been a Black Mass of fish was only sand.

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  • Tonight was Black Mass, and his attendance there was definitely required.

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  • After what he had been through, the Black Mass was necessarily an anticlimax.

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  • There was a heavy thud, the rolling of a Black Mass on the ground, a gasp, a growl!

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  • It was in a Rhine monastery that the first Black Mass was sung.

  • So I did the only thing that I could do—raised the rifle and fired at the Black Mass of his chest.

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  • At length we perceived a Black Mass and we drew it on board.

  • There lay upon the surface of the water a large oblong, Black Mass.

British Dictionary definitions for Black Mass

black mass

noun
1.
(sometimes capitals) a blasphemous travesty of the Christian Mass, performed by practitioners of black magic
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