noun mac·ta·tion \makˈtāshən\

Definition of mactation



  1. :  an act of killing; especially :  the ritual slaughter of a sacrificial victim

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Origin and Etymology of mactation

Late Latin mactation-, mactatio, from Latin mactatus (past participle of mactare to honor, sacrifice, slay, slaughter, from mactus worshiped, honored) + -ion-, -io -ion

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to cast off or become cast off

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