red mass


often capitalized R&M
: a votive mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated in red vestments especially at the opening of courts and congresses

Examples of red mass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another shot of Reuters B-roll, humans in hazmat suits shovel a shoreline grave under colorless skies, sprinkling a red mass of carcasses with chemical powder before sealing the burial with dark wet sand. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 3 May 2023 An owl above his shoulder clutches in his talons an indeterminate, blood-red mass, something that clearly belongs on the inside rather than dangling, exposed. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red mass was in 1889

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“Red mass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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