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Feast day a day on which a celebration, especially an annual Christian one, is held. feast of reason intellectual discussion, as complementary to genial conversation; the phrase ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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... feast feast your eyes on gaze at with pleasure. feast of reason intellectual talk. 🅘 This expression comes from the poet Alexander Pope’s description of congenial conversation in Imitations of Horace : ‘The feast of reason and the...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... or festival A day or days specially set apart for religious observances, an ancient practice common to all religions. The number of feasts in the roman catholic and greek churches is extensive, but after the reformation the church of england retained only a limited number. The feasts in the Christian calendar have been divided in various ways, one of which is to group them as movable or immovable. All Sundays are feast-days. The chief immovable feasts are the four quarter days, i.e. the annunciation or lady day (25 March), the Nativity of St...

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Robert F. Taft

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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...the various feasts is described in the liturgical typikon . In the Typikon of the Great Church , more important feasts were preceded by a vigil ( paramone ), but Nativity , Epiphany , and Exaltation of the Cross (see Cross, Cult of the ) were the only fixed feasts with a fore- and afterfeast ( Mateos , Typicon 2:294, 311). Later, Sabaitic typika distinguished five different ranks of festive solemnity: two classes of Great Feast (dominical and Marian), Middle Feasts, Lesser Feasts, and days of simple commemoration. Only Great Feasts and a few...

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain

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2021
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... 1881: 472; Cambs; London and SE England. English: nickname from Middle English fist , fest , feest , fust ‘fist, clenched hand’, perhaps for an aggressive person, or from Middle English fist , fest ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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...feast [ME] People have been celebrating special occasions with a feast since the Middle Ages, and appropriately the word goes back to Latin festus meaning ‘joyous’. Festival [ME] derives from the closely related Latin word festivus . A festoon [M17th] comes from the same root, being at first a festival ornament. In the Christian Church the date of some festivals like Easter, known as movable feasts , varies from year to year. A skeleton at the feast [M19th] is someone or something who casts gloom on what should be a happy occasion. This goes back to...

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Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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... US frequency (2010): 326 English: nickname from Middle English fist , fest , feest , fust ‘fist, clenched hand’, perhaps for an agressive person, or from Middle English fist , fest ...

Belshazzar's Feast

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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...Belshazzar's Feast . Cantata by Walton for baritone, chorus, and orchestra, to a text compiled from biblical sources by Osbert Sitwell (Leeds, 1931...

Alexander's Feast

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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...Alexander's Feast . Handel's setting ( 1736 ) of Dryden's Ode for St Cecilia's Day ( 1697 ) with additions from Newburgh Hamilton's The Power of Music ; Mozart later reorchestrated...

Belshazzar's feast

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...feast The feast made by Belshazzar , the son of Nebuchadnezzar and the last king of Babylon , at which his doom was foretold by a hand writing on the wall, as described in the Old Testament Book of Daniel (ch. 5). Babylon fell to the Persians in 539 bc . Belshazzar is the subject of a drama by Henry Hart Milman , Robert Landor 's The Impious Feast , a poem by Lord Byron , and oratorios by Handel and William Walton...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...feast The feast made by Belshazzar , the son of Nebuchadnezzar and the last king of Babylon , at which his doom was foretold by a hand writing on the wall, as described in the Old Testament Book of Daniel (ch. 5). Babylon fell to the Persians in 539 bc . Belshazzar is the subject of a drama by Henry Hart Milman, Robert Landor 's The Impious Feast , a poem by Lord Byron , and oratorios by Handel and William Walton...

Alexander's Feast

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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...Feast Setting by Handel of Dryden's ode, with some changes and additions by Newburgh Hamilton , f.p. London 1736 . Re‐orch by Mozart . Orig. setting for St Cecilia's Day, 1697 , by Jeremiah Clarke...

Belshazzar's Feast

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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...Feast 1. Cantata by Walton for bar., ch, and orch to text compiled from biblical sources by O. Sitwell , comp. 1930–1 , rev. 1931 , 1948 , 1957 ; f.p. Leeds Fest., 1931 , cond. Sargent. 2. Incidental music by Sibelius for play by Hjalmar Procopé , from which he provided 4‐movement suite for small orch ( 1906...

Barmecide's Feast

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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...Feast [Lit.] In The *Arabian Nights , a prince of Baghdad named Barmecide invites Schacabac, a poor beggar, to dine with him. The table is set with ornate plates and dishes, but all are empty. When, to test Schacabac's humour, Barmecide asks his guest how he finds the food, and offers him illusory wine, Schacabac declines, pretending to be already drunk, and knocks Barmecide down. Relenting, Barmecide gives Schacabac a proper meal. > Something, especially food or hospitality, that is in fact illusory or unreal For if all these experiences relieved...

Love‐feast

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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2004
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...feast . The love‐feast (Grk. agapē , which also means “love”) is the common meal with which Christians first followed Christ's command at the Last Supper to “do this in remembrance of me” (e.g., Luke 22.19 , 1 Cor. 11.24 ), and later to “feed my sheep” (e.g., John 21.17 ). According to Paul , Christians repeat the “ Lord's supper ” to “proclaim the Lord's death until he comes” ( 1 Cor. 11.20 , 26 ). In Acts ( 2.43–47 ; 20.7 ), “breaking bread …with glad and generous hearts” is associated with distributing goods “to all, as any had need”; only ...

Bellerby Feast

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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2003

...Feast . The remnant of the old-style village feast , the celebrations at Bellerby in North Yorkshire now focus on one day of fun and games. The principal participants dress as clowns and, accompanied by an accordion player, drummer, and helpers, they go from door to door round the village collecting money, cakes, sweets, raffle prizes, and so on. They also stop pedestrians, passing cars, coaches, and whoever else they can find to exact contribution. The edibles are distributed to children and other villagers who gather for the purpose around midday, and...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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...feast The meal which preceded the * Eucharist , called in Greek an * agape , which means literally ‘self‐giving love’. These meals, mentioned in Jude 12, and possibly 1 Cor. 11: 17 ff., were continued in the early Church (cf. Acts 20: 7 ff.) in the evening of the Lord's Day, and were intended, as the name suggests, to be a time for God‐centred community love. However, it is clear that this admirable intention was gradually eroded by the acids of unrestrained paganism and by the 4th cent. ce it was deemed advisable by the Western Church that the meal, in...

Feast, Festival

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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..., Festival Very early on, Christianity provided a radical critique of the festivals, spectacles and games of ancient society. According to Tertullian, the circus exploited ferocity, while the theatre lived off shamelessness: and the Christian should not be attached to any other spectacle than that of the Last Judgment . But for all that, not every kind of festival disappeared from Christendom . On the question of festivals, the Christians inherited two very different theories from ancient Philosophy . For some, festivals, established by the gods, were...

Tabernacles, Feast of

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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...Feast of . One of the great feasts of the Jewish...

Asses, Feast of

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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...Feast of Either of two parodic liturgies associated with the Feast of *Fools . One honoured Balaam’s Ass; the other, celebrated 14 January, honoured the ass of the Flight into Egypt. It featured antiphonal braying and the laudatory ‘Prose of the Ass’. See also boy bishop ; fools, feast of ; liturgical year ; liturgy . Robert S. Sturges I. S. Gilhus , ‘ Carnival in Religion: The Feast of Fools in France ’, Numen , 37/1 (1990), 24–52. —— ‘ Eselmesser ’, Tradisjon , 23 (1993),...

Fools, Feast of

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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...Feast of . A mock religious festival widely celebrated in the Middle Ages on or about 1 Jan., especially in...

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