Word Origin 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
gratefulness, thanksgiving. See
-ia Related forms Eu·cha·ris·tic, Eu·cha·ris·ti·cal, adjective Eu·cha·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverb un-Eu·cha·ris·tic, adjective un-Eu·cha·ris·ti·cal, adjective un-Eu·cha·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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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 or 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 Eucharist n.
"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 [( yooh-kuh-rist)]
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