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Word of the Day
Sunday, June 24, 2001

Definitions for oblation

  1. The act of offering something, such as worship or thanks, especially to a deity.
  2. (Usually capitalized) The act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
  3. Something offered in a religious rite or as a charitable gift.

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Citations for oblation
There is another kind of spiritual courage as well, quieter and less celebrated, but just as remarkable: that of making each day, in its most conventional aspects -- cooking, eating, breathing -- an oblation to the absolute. Philip Zaleski, New York Times
These aren't flowers randomly snatched from the garden; these are florist's flowers, purchased as an offering, an oblation. Carol Shields, Dressing Up for the Carnival
Origin of oblation
late Middle English
Oblation derives from Latin oblatio, from oblatus, past participle of offerre, "to carry to, to bring to, to offer," from ob-, "to" + ferre, "to bring."