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n. - The act of pouring a liquid offering (especially wine) as a religious ceremony; A serving (of wine) poured out in honor of a deity; (facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage.

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  • It was customary, moreover, to pour out wine upon the altar, a so-called libation, as a seal of the offering.
  • Analogous to offering liquid food to be poured out as a libation was the custom of anointing sacred objects or hallowed places.
  • She poured a glass of champagne into the Grand Canal -- a "libation" for her former beloved: "For Henry," she said in a soft voice.
  • R. Simon ben Gamaliel said, “it may all be sold to heathens, excepting the value of the wine of idolatrous libation which is in it.”
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