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 for FEAST
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Feast \Feast\ (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast,
     OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr.
     festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. Fair, n.,
     Festal, F[^e]te.]
     1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a
        joyous, anniversary.
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              The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord. --Ex.
                                                    xiii. 6.
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              Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the
              feast of the passover.                --Luke ii. 41.
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     Note: An Ecclesiastical feast is called a immovable feast
           when it always occurs on the same day of the year;
           otherwise it is called a movable feast. Easter is a
           notable movable feast.
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     2. A festive or joyous meal; a grand, ceremonious, or
        sumptuous entertainment, of which many guests partake; a
        banquet characterized by tempting variety and abundance of
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              Enough is as good as a feast.         --Old Proverb.
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              Belshazzar the King made a great feast to a thousand
              of his lords.                         --Dan. v. 1.
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     3. That which is partaken of, or shared in, with delight;
        something highly agreeable; entertainment.
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              The feast of reason, and the flow of soul. --Pope.
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     Feast day, a holiday; a day set as a solemn commemorative
     Syn: Entertainment; regale; banquet; treat; carousal;
          festivity; festival.
     Usage: Feast, Banquet, Festival, Carousal. A feast
            sets before us viands superior in quantity, variety,
            and abundance; a banquet is a luxurious feast; a
            festival is the joyful celebration by good cheer of
            some agreeable event. Carousal is unrestrained
            indulgence in frolic and drink.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Feast \Feast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Feasted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Feasting.] [OE. festen, cf. OF. fester to rest from work,
     F. f[^e]ter to celebrate a holiday. See Feast, n.]
     1. To eat sumptuously; to dine or sup on rich provisions,
        particularly in large companies, and on public festivals.
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              And his sons went and feasted in their houses.
                                                    --Job. i. 4.
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     2. To be highly gratified or delighted.
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              With my love's picture then my eye doth feast.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Feast \Feast\, v. t.
     1. To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the
        table bountifully; as, he was feasted by the king.
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     2. To delight; to gratify; as, to feast the soul.
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              Feast your ears with the music a while. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a ceremonial dinner party for many people [syn: banquet,
      2: something experienced with great delight; "a feast for the
      3: a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; "a banquet
         for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they
         put out quite a spread" [syn: banquet, feast, spread]
      4: an elaborate party (often outdoors) [syn: fete, feast,
      v 1: partake in a feast or banquet [syn: feast, banquet,
      2: provide a feast or banquet for [syn: feast, banquet,
      3: gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view" [syn: feed,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  133 Moby Thesaurus words for "feast":
     High Holiday, High Holy Day, Lucullan feast, Mardi Gras, Sabbath,
     Saturnalia, Sunday, allay, anniversary, appease, assuage,
     bank holiday, banquet, bean-feast, beano, birthday, blow, blowout,
     board, bread, bread and butter, carnival, celebration, cheer,
     church calendar, church feast, comestibles, commemoration,
     creature comfort, cuisine, daily bread, day of festivities,
     day off, delight, dine, do, do justice to, eat heartily, eat up,
     eatables, ecclesiastical calendar, edibles, entertain,
     entertainment, event, fair, fare, fare well, fast, fast food,
     feast day, feed, festal board, festival, festival day,
     festive occasion, festivity, fete, fete day, field day, fiesta,
     fixed feast, food, food and drink, foodstuff, gala, gala affair,
     gala day, gladden, gormandize, gratification, gratify,
     great doings, groaning board, health food, high day, high jinks,
     holiday, holy day, holytide, ingesta, jamboree, joyance,
     jubilation, jubilee, junk food, kermis, kitchen stuff,
     legal holiday, mad round, meal, meat, memorialization, merrymaking,
     observance, occasion, overindulge, party, picnic, please, pleasure,
     polish the platter, provender, provision, put it away, quench,
     red-letter day, refreshment, regale, regalement, repast, revel,
     revelment, revelry, rite, ritual, round of pleasures, sate,
     satiate, satisfy, slake, solemnization, spread, sustenance, table,
     treat, tucker, viands, victuals, vittles, waygoose, wayzgoose,
     wine and dine

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

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From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     as a mark of hospitality (Gen. 19:3; 2 Sam. 3:20; 2 Kings 6:23);
     on occasions of domestic joy (Luke 15:23; Gen. 21:8); on
     birthdays (Gen. 40:20; Job 1:4; Matt. 14:6); and on the occasion
     of a marriage (Judg. 14:10; Gen. 29:22).
       Feasting was a part of the observances connected with the
     offering up of sacrifices (Deut. 12:6, 7; 1 Sam. 9:19; 16:3, 5),
     and with the annual festivals (Deut. 16:11). "It was one of the
     designs of the greater solemnities, which required the
     attendance of the people at the sacred tent, that the oneness of
     the nation might be maintained and cemented together, by
     statedly congregating in one place, and with one soul taking
     part in the same religious services. But that oneness was
     primarily and chiefly a religious and not merely a political
     one; the people were not merely to meet as among themselves, but
     with Jehovah, and to present themselves before him as one body;
     the meeting was in its own nature a binding of themselves in
     fellowship with Jehovah; so that it was not politics and
     commerce that had here to do, but the soul of the Mosaic
     dispensation, the foundation of the religious and political
     existence of Israel, the covenant with Jehovah. To keep the
     people's consciousness alive to this, to revive, strengthen, and
     perpetuate it, nothing could be so well adapated as these annual
     feasts." (See FESTIVALS.)

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  FEAST, n.  A festival.  A religious celebration usually signalized by
  gluttony and drunkenness, frequently in honor of some holy person
  distinguished for abstemiousness.  In the Roman Catholic Church
  feasts are "movable" and "immovable," but the celebrants are uniformly
  immovable until they are full.  In their earliest development these
  entertainments took the form of feasts for the dead; such were held by
  the Greeks, under the name _Nemeseia_, by the Aztecs and Peruvians,
  as in modern times they are popular with the Chinese; though it is
  believed that the ancient dead, like the modern, were light eaters. 
  Among the many feasts of the Romans was the _Novemdiale_, which was
  held, according to Livy, whenever stones fell from heaven.

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