Black Mass

Black Mass
noun Date: 1820 a travesty of the Christian Mass ascribed to worshipers of Satan

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Black Mass — n. [also b m ] 1. a Requiem Mass, at which the clergy is dressed in black 2. a parody of the Mass by worshipers of Satan …   English World dictionary

  • Black Mass — Black′ Mass′ n. rel a travesty of the Christian Mass, esp. one by alleged worshipers of Satan • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • black mass — ► NOUN ▪ a travesty of the Roman Catholic Mass in worship of the Devil …   English terms dictionary

  • Black Mass — n [U and C] a ceremony performed by people who pray to the Devil, parts of which are similar to the ceremonies performed by Christians …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • black mass — noun count a ceremony in which people worship the Devil …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Black Mass — LaVeyan Satanism Associated organizations The Church of Satan First Satanic Church Prominent figures Anton LaVey | Diane LaVey | Blanche Barton | Peter H. Gilmore | Peggy Nadramia | Karla LaVeyAssociated concepts Left Hand Path | Pentagonal… …   Wikipedia

  • Black Mass —    An obscene parody of the Catholic Holy Mass at which the DEVIL is worshipped. During the Inquisition, witch hunters and demonologists claimed that witches or any heretics frequently performed Black Masses as part of their infernal SABBATs with …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • Black Mass — 1. a blasphemous ceremony mocking the Christian Mass, esp. one by an alleged worshiper of Satan. 2. a Requiem Mass. Also, black mass. [1890 95] * * * ▪ rite       in the Roman Catholic church, a requiem mass during which the celebrant wears black …   Universalium

  • black mass — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms black mass : singular black mass plural black masses a ceremony in which people worship the Devil …   English dictionary

  • black mass —    This term has two antithetical meanings: (1) a popular name for a requiem Mass because prior to the Second Vatican Council, the vestments for such a Mass were black; and (2) a sacrilegious parody of the Mass purportedly performed by worshipers …   Glossary of theological terms

  • black mass — noun 1. usually capitalized B&M : a travesty of the Christian mass ascribed to the reputed worshipers of Satan compare satanism 2. : a mass for the dead in which the priest s vestments are black : a requiem mass …   Useful english dictionary

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