viaticum

viaticum

[vahy-at-i-kuhm, vee-]
noun, plural viatica [vahy-at-i-kuh, vee-] , 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:
1555–65; < 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)
 
n , pl -ca, -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
 
[C16: from Latin, from viāticus belonging to a journey, from viāre to travel, from via way]

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