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communion

[kuh-myoon-yuh n]
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noun
  1. (often initial capital letter) Also called Holy Communion. Ecclesiastical.
    1. the act of receiving the Eucharistic elements.
    2. the elements of the Eucharist.
    3. the celebration of the Eucharist.
    4. the antiphon sung at a Eucharistic service.
  2. a group of persons having a common religious faith; a religious denomination: Anglican communion.
  3. association; fellowship.
  4. interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication: communion with nature.
  5. the act of sharing, or holding in common; participation.
  6. the state of things so held.

Origin of communion

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin commūniōn- (stem of commūniō) a sharing, equivalent to commūn(is) common + -iōn- -ion
Related formscom·mun·ion·a·ble, adjectivecom·mun·ion·al, adjectiveself-com·mun·ion, noun
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communion

noun
  1. an exchange of thoughts, emotions, etc
  2. possession or sharing in common; participation
  3. (foll by with) strong emotional or spiritual feelings (for)communion with nature
  4. a religious group or denomination having a common body of beliefs, doctrines, and practices
  5. the spiritual union held by Christians to exist between individual Christians and Christ, their Church, or their fellow Christians
Derived Formscommunional, adjectivecommunionally, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin commūniō general participation, from commūnis common

Communion

noun Christianity
  1. the act of participating in the Eucharist
  2. the celebration of the Eucharist, esp the part of the service during which the consecrated elements are received
    1. the consecrated elements of the Eucharist
    2. (as modifier)Communion cup
Abbreviation: Holy Communion
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Word Origin and History for self-communion

communion

n.

late 14c., from Old French comunion "community, communion" (12c.), from Latin communionem (nominative communio) "fellowship, mutual participation, a sharing," used in Late Latin ecclesiastical language for "participation in the sacrament," from communis (see common (adj.)). Used by Augustine, in belief that the word was derived from com- "with, together" + unus "oneness, union."

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self-communion in Culture

Communion

A sacrament of Christianity. In a reenactment of the Last Supper, the words of Jesus — “This is my body” and “This is my blood” — are spoken over bread and wine (the elements of Communion), which are then shared by the worshipers. Communion, also known as the Eucharist, commemorates the death of Jesus. (See transubstantiation.)

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