plural -s
: an act of killing
especially : the ritual slaughter of a sacrificial victim

Word History


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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“Mactation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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