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from Svanto-vit, name of a Slavic god worshipped with ecstatic dances on the Baltic island of Rügen, transferred by Christian missionaries to Saint Vitus. The Italian form of the name is Guido.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • Gradually the room was given over night and day to the worship of Saint vitus.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Or had he become suddenly afflicted with the malady of Saint vitus?

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Whereupon a voice from heaven was heard to say, "vitus, thy prayer is accepted."

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • George, Erasmus, Pantaleon, and vitus were invoked for their protection.

  • They got as much chance with me as a man with Saint vitus's dance has of landing a trout.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • Mrs. Maginnis listened eagerly, and longed to know who this was, for she had a little girl troubled with Saint vitus's dance.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Madame Marsy was bitten by that tarantula whose bite makes modern society move as if afflicted with Saint vitus's dance.

  • vitus Behring, the Dane in the Russian service, was in supreme command of the expedition; and to him belongs the glory.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • This was the little church of Saint vitus, a perfect example of the genuine Byzantine arrangement on a very small scale.

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