mactation

mactation

(mækˈteɪʃən)
n
the act of sacrificial killing

mactation

the act of killing something for the purpose of sacrifice.
See also: Killing
the killing of something for the purpose of sacrifice.
See also: Religion
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Christ's priestly sacrifice, for example, has to be imagined as comprising two distinct actions, mactation and oblation.