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black mass

n.
A travesty of the Roman Catholic Mass, said to be performed by Satanists.

black mass

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) (sometimes capitals) a blasphemous travesty of the Christian Mass, performed by practitioners of black magic

Black′ Mass′


n.
a travesty of the Christian Mass, esp. one by alleged worshipers of Satan.
[1890–95]

black mass

A black magic ceremony in which a perversion of the Roman Catholic Mass is used.
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In front of them the Lys rolled its waters like a river of molten tin; while on the other side was a black mass of trees, profiled on a stormy sky, invaded by large coppery clouds which created a sort of twilight amid the night.
The islet appeared to him in the shadow like a black mass, beyond the narrow strip of whitish water which separated him from it.
At dawn the sentry on watch in the corral came into the cave and reported a moving black mass under the horizon, and a faint sound which he thought to be military music.
I caught a glimpse of a black mass disappearing in the east, its beacon lights dying out in the distance.
In front of us, at a distance of two hundred yards or so as well as I could calculate, rose a black mass, which gradually resolved itself, as my eyes became accustomed to the twilight, into a long, low, and ancient house, with a hedge of evergreens and a pitch-black paling in front of it.
The great black mass brooding over our very mast- heads began to pivot away from the ship's side silently.
Away down on the level under the black mass of the Castle, the town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights; there were rows of lights on the bridges; these flung lances of light upon the water, in the black shadows of the arches; and away at the extremity of all this fairy spectacle blinked and glowed a massed multitude of gas-jets which seemed to cover acres of ground; it was as if all the diamonds in the world had been spread out there.
Before the sun dipped below the black mass of Kettleness, standing boldly athwart the western sky, its downward was was marked by myriad clouds of every sunset colour, flame, purple, pink, green, violet, and all the tints of gold, with here and there masses not large, but of seemingly absolute blackness, in all sorts of shapes, as well outlined as colossal silhouettes.
In front there are a few cultivated fields, and beyond them the smooth hill of coloured rocks called the Flagstaff, and the rugged square black mass of the Barn.
The moon, as Wardle had foretold, was rapidly on the wane; large tiers of dark, heavy clouds, which had been gradually overspreading the sky for some time past, now formed one black mass overhead; and large drops of rain which pattered every now and then against the windows of the chaise, seemed to warn the travellers of the rapid approach of a stormy night.
In the window facing Maumee Street stood a chunk of coal as large as an apple barrel, to indicate that orders for coal were taken, and beside the black mass of the coal stood three combs of honey grown brown and dirty in their wooden frames.
The blue sky was still visible, except directly overhead, where this black mass of cloud was sweeping swiftly northward.