[ o-bley-shuh n ]
/ ɒˈbleɪ ʃən /


the offering to God of the elements of bread and wine in the Eucharist.
the whole office of the Eucharist.
the act of making an offering, especially to a deity.
any offering for religious or charitable uses.

Nearby words

  1. obl.,
  2. oblanceolate,
  3. oblast,
  4. oblate,
  5. oblately,
  6. oblatory,
  7. obligable,
  8. obligate,
  9. obligate aerobe,
  10. obligate anaerobe

Origin of oblation

1375–1425; late Middle English oblacion < Late Latin oblātion- (stem of oblātiō), equivalent to oblāt(us) (see oblate2) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsob·la·to·ry [ob-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɒb ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, ob·la·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for oblation


/ (ɒˈbleɪʃən) /

noun Christianity

the offering of the bread and wine of the Eucharist to God
any offering made for religious or charitable purposes
Derived Formsoblatory (ˈɒblətərɪ, -trɪ) or oblational, adjective

Word Origin for oblation

C15: from Church Latin oblātiō; see oblate ²

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Word Origin and History for oblation



early 15c., from Old French oblacion "offering, pious donation" and directly from Latin oblationem (nominative oblatio) "an offering, presenting, gift," in Late Latin "sacrifice," from Latin oblatus (see oblate (n.)).

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