- (in the 14th–16th centuries) a secret rendezvous of witches and sorcerers for worshiping the Devil, characterized by orgiastic rites, dances, feasting, etc.
Origin of Sabbat
1645–55; < French: special use of sabbat Sabbath
Also called witches' Sabbath.
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Examples from the Web for sabbat
It is like a Sabbat of witches to hear you talk, La Corriveau!The Golden Dog
When she at last came to herself, she acknowledged that she had been to the Sabbat.Medival Heresy and the Inquisition
A. S. Turberville
Vision of a sabbat which Callot or Dor would only have painted in fear.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
He admitted that he had been to the Sabbat ten times or more.
The night-riding and assemblages of the Sabbat are illusions.
- another word for Sabbath (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for sabbat
"witches' sabbath," 1650s, special application of the French form of sabbath.
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