• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Encenia A festival commemorative of the founding of a city or the consecration of a church; also, the ceremonies (as at Oxford and Cambridge, England) commemorative of founders or benefactors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • encenia Festive ceremonies observed in early times in honor of the construction of cities or the consecration of churches, and in later times at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in honor of founders and benefactors: exceptionally used as a singular.
    • encenia Specifically In the Greek New Testament, and hence sometimes in English writing, the Jewish feast of the dedication. See feast.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. encaenia, fr. Gr. a feast of dedication; in + new


In literature:

The encenia is an impressive occasion; but it is not a silent one.
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