potation


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po·ta·tion

 (pō-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act of drinking.
2. A drink, especially of an alcoholic beverage.

[Middle English potacion, from Old French, from Latin pōtātiō, pōtātiōn-, a drinking party, from pōtātus, past participle of pōtāre, to drink, from pōtus, a drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

potation

(pəʊˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act of drinking
2. a drink or draught, esp of alcoholic drink
[C15: from Latin pōtātiō a drinking, from pōtāre to drink]

po•ta•tion

(poʊˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of drinking.
2. a drink or draft, esp. of an alcoholic beverage.
[1400–50; late Middle English potacion < Latin pōtātiō=pōtā(re) to drink + -tiō -tion]

potation

1. excessive drinking of alcohol.
2. an alcoholic drink. See also food and nutrition.
See also: Alcohol
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potation - a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a kegpotation - a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg; "they served beer on draft"
quaff - a hearty draft
drink - a single serving of a beverage; "I asked for a hot drink"; "likes a drink before dinner"
2.potation - the act of drinking (especially an alcoholic drink)
drinking, imbibing, imbibition - the act of consuming liquids

potation

noun
An act of drinking or the amount swallowed:
Informal: swig.
Slang: belt.
References in classic literature ?
After a long nap he again raised his head, imbibed another potation of the "sweet and strong," flashed up with another slight blaze of French gayety, and again fell asleep.
For as this is the liquor of modern historians, nay, perhaps their muse, if we may believe the opinion of Butler, who attributes inspiration to ale, it ought likewise to be the potation of their readers, since every book ought to be read with the same spirit and in the same manner as it is writ.
No man was seen to drink by himself, nor in any instance was more than one vessel considered necessary for the same beverage; but the glass or the mug was passed from hand to hand until a chasm in the line or a regard to the rights of ownership would regularly restore the dregs of the potation to him who de frayed the cost.
was the only drink with which unhappy gentlemen soothed the fever of their previous night's potation.
Mr Riderhood got out his bottle, and fetched his jug-full of water, and administered a potation.
I have not been able either to persuade my brother or to prevail on myself, to disuse the traffic or the potation of brandy, but perhaps a pledge of total abstinence might effectually restrain us.
His carousals, too, were not of the most quiet kind, nor were his potations as mild as nectar.
So far from doing him any harm, these nightly potations brightened Nutty up, gave him heart, and enabled him to endure life in this hole of a place.
The tooth-drawer and the gleeman called for a cup of small ale apiece, and started off together for Ringwood fair, the old jongleur looking very yellow in the eye and swollen in the face after his overnight potations.
This solemn proceeding always took place in the afternoon of the day succeeding his return; perhaps, because the boys acquired strength of mind from the suspense of the morning, or, possibly, because Mr Squeers himself acquired greater sternness and inflexibility from certain warm potations in which he was wont to indulge after his early dinner.
He also eschews hot potations, and addicts himself to a tankard of ale, which is brought him by the barmaid.
Chillip's own brain, under his potations of negus, to divert his attention from this topic to his own affairs, on which, for the next half-hour, he was quite loquacious; giving me to understand, among other pieces of information, that he was then at the Gray's Inn Coffee-house to lay his professional evidence before a Commission of Lunacy, touching the state of mind of a patient who had become deranged from excessive drinking.