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Word Smith: Sabbath

sab·bath. noun
1. A day of religious observance and abstinence from work. The holy tradition is kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.

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2. Shabbat – A day of denial, prayer and sacrifice by the Jews.

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3. Sabbat – Represents the supposed annual midnight meeting of witches with the Devil.

In an array of earthen colours, a black silhouetted horned figure to the left foreground presides over and addresses a tightly packed group of wide-eyed, intense, scary, elderly and unruly women.

Francisco de Goya Witches’ Sabbath, 1821–23

4. Sabbatical – a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.

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Calvin & Hobbs on Sabbaticals

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