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viaticum

[vahy-at-i-kuh m, vee-] /vaɪˈæt ɪ kəm, vi-/
noun, plural viatica
[vahy-at-i-kuh, vee-] /vaɪˈæt ɪ kə, vi-/ (Show IPA),
viaticums.
1.
Ecclesiastical. the Eucharist or Communion as given to a person dying or in danger of death.
2.
(among the ancient Romans) a provision or allowance for traveling, originally of transportation and supplies, later of money, made to officials on public missions.
3.
money or necessities for any journey.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin viāticum, neuter of viāticus, equivalent to viāt(us) (past participle of viāre to travel; see via, -ate1) + -icus -ic; cf. voyage
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viaticum

/vaɪˈætɪkəm/
noun (pl) -ca (-kə), -cums
1.
(Christianity) Holy Communion as administered to a person dying or in danger of death
2.
(rare) provisions or a travel allowance for a journey
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from viāticus belonging to a journey, from viāre to travel, from via way
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Word Origin and History for viaticum
n.

1560s, from Latin viaticum "travelling money; provision for a journey," from via "way" (see via).

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