red mass

noun, often capitalized R&M

Definition of red mass

: a votive mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated in red vestments especially at the opening of courts and congresses

First Known Use of red mass

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Red mass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20mass. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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