Burnt offering
Offering Of"fer*ing, n. 1. The act of an offerer; a proffering. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is offered, esp. in divine service; that which is presented as an expiation or atonement for sin, or as a free gift; a sacrifice; an oblation; as, sin offering. [1913 Webster]

They are polluted offerings more abhorred Than spotted livers in the sacrifice. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A sum of money offered, as in church service; as, a missionary offering. Specif.: (Ch. of Eng.) Personal tithes payable according to custom, either at certain seasons as Christmas or Easter, or on certain occasions as marriages or christenings. [1913 Webster]

[None] to the offering before her should go. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Burnt offering}, {Drink offering}, etc. See under {Burnt}. etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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