witches' Sabbath
noun Date: circa 1676 a midnight assembly of witches, devils, and sorcerers for the celebration of rites and orgies

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  • witches'Sabbath — n. A meeting of witches, supposed by medieval Christians to be a demonic orgy. * * * …   Universalium

  • witches' Sabbath — n. [sometimes w s ] a midnight meeting of witches, devil worshipers, demons, etc., esp. when held on certain festivals as a demonic orgy …   English World dictionary

  • Witches' Sabbath — The Witches Sabbath or Sabbat is a supposed meeting of those who practice witchcraft, Satanism, or other rites. European records tell of innumerable cases of persons being accused or tried for taking part in Sabbat gatherings, from the Middle… …   Wikipedia

  • witches' Sabbath — Demonology. Sabbat. [1670 80] * * * ▪ rite       nocturnal gathering of witches (witchcraft), a colourful and intriguing part of the lore surrounding them in Christian European tradition. The concept dates from the mid 14th century when it first… …   Universalium

  • witches' Sabbath — noun A supposed meeting of witches at midnight to practice sorcery or to take part in a demonic orgy. Syn: sabbat …   Wiktionary

  • witches sabbath — n. midnight meeting of witches and sorcerers held for worshipping the devils or for other rites (medieval Christians believed it to be a demonic orgy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • witches' Sabbath — witch′es Sab′bath (or sab′bath) n. myt (in European folklore) a secret rendezvous of witches and sorcerers, characterized by orgiastic rites, dances, feasting, etc • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • witches' Sabbath — noun a midnight meeting of witches to practice witchcraft and sorcery; in the Middle Ages it was supposed to be a demonic orgy • Syn: ↑sabbat • Hypernyms: ↑assembly …   Useful english dictionary

  • witches' sabbath — noun see sabbath (sense 2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • sabbath — ► NOUN 1) (often the Sabbath) a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday. 2) (also witches sabbath) a midnight pagan ritual held by witches.… …   English terms dictionary

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