witches' Sabbath

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n witches' Sabbath a midnight meeting of witches to practice witchcraft and sorcery; in the Middle Ages it was supposed to be a demonic orgy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Witches' Sabbath a midnight meeting of Satan with witches, devils, and sorcerers for unhallowed orgies and the travestying of divine rites
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Sabbatum, gener. in pl. Sabbata—Gr. Sabbaton—Heb. Shabbāth, rest.

Usage

In literature:

Others, That all the sorcerers and witches of the country kept there their sabbath or night's meeting.
"The Blue Fairy Book" by Various
They were accused of having sold their souls to the devil, and of celebrating all the infernal mysteries of the witches' Sabbath.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions" by Charles Mackay
I remembered the witches' Sabbaths.
"The Club of Queer Trades" by G. K. Chesterton
The mysteries of the witches' Sabbath, so wonderfully painted in the sixteenth century, are no mysteries for us.
"Cousin Pons" by Honore de Balzac
What an idea to go to the witches' sabbath!
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
The mysteries of the witches' Sabbath, so wonderfully painted in the sixteenth century, are no mysteries for us.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
Full of bitterness, he wandered about, till midnight found him in the fish-market, where the Witches' Sabbath was about to take place.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
There was the sound of running water from within, and the wind howled like a sabbath of witches.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The Witches' Sabbath is described by these writers as it existed during the latter part of the fourteenth century.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Those who believed in the "sabbath" of witches must have felt their opinions confirmed by the testimony of the witnesses at Lancaster.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
Sabbath of witches, 30.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
We see here the first outlines of the witches' 'Sabbath' of a later age.
"The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets" by Eleazar Lord
Both ceremonies were performed only on witch-sabbath.
"Told by the Death's Head" by Mór Jókai
A witch's Sabbath, a devil's revelry, had begun in his distracted brain.
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
A witch's Sabbath, a devil's revelry, had begun in his distracted brain.
"She's All the World to Me" by Hall Caine
It looked and sounded like a witches' sabbath.
"Average Americans" by Theodore Roosevelt
You were at the witches' Sabbath; you are a witch, and have bewitched my daughter.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Witches' Sabbath, supposed origin of, 170.
"The Magic of the Middle Ages" by Viktor Rydberg
Surely you have heard of a 'Witch's Sabbath.
"Ghosts I Have Seen" by Violet Tweedale
The witches' Sabbath ended, he fell heavily to earth, finding himself lying naked on the wet soil.
"Human Animals" by Frank Hamel
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In poetry:

ver! Sabbath belling. Snoods converge
on a weary-daring man.
What now can be cleard up? from the Yard the visitors urge.
Belle thro' the graves in a blast of sun
to the kirk moves the youngest witch.
Watch.
"Dream Song 12: Sabbath" by John Berryman
Till with the setting sun they turn them once more home;
And, ere the moon dawns, for a brief enchanted space,
Weary with million miles, the sore-spent star-beams come,
And moths and bats hold witches' sabbath in the place.
"Tree-Worship" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Pantheon, 339 pp.
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