What does the word thanksgiving mean?

Usage examples for thanksgiving

  1. From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea. – Poems & Ballads (First Series) by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  2. Then I rose from the thanksgiving, took a resolve, and lay down, unscared, enlightened, eager but for the daylight. – The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  3. If so, we do earnestly and tenderly entreat him, by the love of his mother, that is still with him, no matter how far he has gone from the right path, to come back on this blessed day; and thus make the thanksgiving of that mother's heart complete. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English