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[yoo-kuh-rist] /ˈyu kə rɪst/
the sacrament of Holy Communion; the sacrifice of the Mass; the Lord's Supper.
the consecrated elements of the Holy Communion, especially the bread.
(lowercase) the giving of thanks; thanksgiving.
Christian Science. spiritual communion with God.
Origin of Eucharist
1350-1400; Middle English eukarist < Late Latin eucharistia < Greek eucharístia gratefulness, thanksgiving. See eu-, charisma, -ia
Related forms
Eucharistic, Eucharistical, adjective
Eucharistically, adverb
un-Eucharistic, adjective
un-Eucharistical, adjective
un-Eucharistically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for Eucharist
  • Matins refers to prayers generally said in the morning, without the Eucharist.
  • Vespers refers to prayers generally said in the evening, without the Eucharist.
British Dictionary definitions for Eucharist


the Christian sacrament in which Christ's Last Supper is commemorated by the consecration of bread and wine
the consecrated elements of bread and wine offered in the sacrament
Mass, esp when regarded as the service where the sacrament of the Eucharist is administered
Derived Forms
Eucharistic, Eucharistical, adjective
Eucharistically, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Church Latin from Greek eukharistia, from eukharistos thankful, from eu- + kharizesthai to show favour, from kharis favour
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Word Origin and History for Eucharist

"sacrament of the Lord's Supper, the Communion," mid-14c., from Old French eucariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek eukharistia "thanksgiving, gratitude," later "the Lord's Supper," from eukharistos "grateful," from eu "well" (see eu-) + stem of kharizesthai "show favor," from kharis "favor, grace," from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (see hortatory). Eukharisteo is the usual verb for "to thank, to be thankful" in the Septuagint and New Testament. Related: Eucharistic.

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Eucharist in Culture
Eucharist [(yooh-kuh-rist)]

The sacrament of Communion among Christians.

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