Certain ceremonies require dumping a little bit of liquid, usually alcohol, onto the ground. It might seem wasteful, but it’s really a powerful symbolic act called a libation — and it’s worth every drop.

In ancient Greece, anyone could make a libation as a sacrifice in hopes that the gods would see it and be pleased. Today some people offer libations in memory of a loved one that has died. One sip for you, one for your homies, as the saying goes. Libation is also a joke term for an alcoholic drink, so you could make a cocktail and call it "a libation."

Definitions of libation

n the act of pouring a liquid offering (especially wine) as a religious ceremony

Type of:
religious ceremony, religious ritual
a ceremony having religious meaning

n a serving (of wine) poured out in honor of a deity

Type of:
helping, portion, serving
an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

n (facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage

Type of:
a single serving of a beverage

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