Observance vs Feast - What's the difference?

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Observance is a synonym of feast.


As nouns the difference between observance and feast

is that observance is the practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule while feast is a very large meal, often of a ceremonial nature.

As a verb feast is

to partake in a , or large meal.

observance

Alternative forms

* observaunce (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • The practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule
  • The custom of celebrating a holiday or similar occasion
  • Observation or the act of watching
  • (religion) A rule governing a religious order, especially in the Roman Catholic church
  • feast

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) feest, feste, fest, from (etyl) feste, from (etyl) festa, plural of .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A very large meal, often of a ceremonial nature.
  • We had a feast to celebrate the harvest.
  • Something delightful
  • It was a feast for the eyes.
  • A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary.
  • * Bible, Exodus xiii. 6
  • The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord.
  • * Bible, Luke ii. 41
  • Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
    Synonyms
    * banquet
    Derived terms
    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) feesten, festen, from (etyl) fester, from , from the noun. See above.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To partake in a , or large meal.
  • I feasted on turkey and dumplings.
  • To dwell upon (something) with delight.
  • * Shakespeare
  • With my love's picture then my eye doth feast .
  • To hold a in honor of (someone).
  • We feasted them after the victory.
  • To serve as a feast for; to feed sumptuously.
  • * Bishop Joseph Hall
  • Or once a week, perhaps, for novelty / Reez'd bacon-soords shall feast his family.
    Derived terms
    * feaster * feast one’s eyes

    Anagrams

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