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[poh-tey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of drinking.
  2. a drink or draft, especially of an alcoholic beverage.
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Origin of potation

1400–50; late Middle English potacion < Latin pōtātiōn- (stem of pōtātiō) a drinking, equivalent to pōtāt(us) (past participle of pōtāre to drink) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • Mrs. S. had a pimpled face, which I believe arose from potation of ale.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • But I suspect the water forms the best part of the potation.

    Fred Markham in Russia

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • "Try a glass of brandy," said Cutts, and he administered the potation.

  • Make the potation stronger with brandy as the night wears on.

    The Strong Arm

    Robert Barr

  • "The influenza is stronger," replied Mrs. Portheris oracularly, and finished her second potation.

    A Voyage of Consolation

    Sara Jeannette Duncan

British Dictionary definitions for potation


  1. the act of drinking
  2. a drink or draught, esp of alcoholic drink
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin pōtātiō a drinking, from pōtāre to drink
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Word Origin and History for potation


early 15c., from Old French potacion, from Latin potationem (nom. potatio) "a drinking; poisonous drink, potion," noun of action from past participle stem of potare "to drink" (see potion).

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