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Definition: act of offering, a sacrifice, anything offered on worship

Pronunciation: ob-LEI-shen


The Old Latin oblationem stood for an offering or presenting of a gift while the Late Latin oblatus was already altered to represent a sacrifice. The Old French oblacion represented a pious donation.

Why this word?

Offering and giving are great words to represent quite about the same while the innovation of oblation is by providing a reason for the giving within the word itself. While acts of offering or giving can rise from various reasons, worship is the only reason imbedded with oblation.

Nowadays, religious sacrifices are no longer that common (thank God!) and have cleared the way for our use of oblation to represent any act of worshipful giving.

How to use the word oblation in a sentence?

“He brings my morning coffee with such oblation in his eyes, an external observer may wrongly think he is presenting me with his heart!”

“She offers herself to him as an oblation with everything she does! Someone must tell her he’s not that great!!”

Although the metaphoric sense here is great, we cannot present this word without a biblical quotation… So here we go:

“The oblation that ye shall offer unto the Lord shall be of five and twenty thousand in length and of ten thousand in breadth” (Ezekiel, 48:9).



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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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