[vahy-at-i-kuh m, vee-]
- Ecclesiastical. the Eucharist or Communion as given to a person dying or in danger of death.
- (among the ancient Romans) a provision or allowance for traveling, originally of transportation and supplies, later of money, made to officials on public missions.
- money or necessities for any journey.
Origin of viaticum
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Examples from the Web for viaticum
For it was just about this time that the Viaticum must have been administered to his father.Holbein
If they refused the viaticum they were treated as "damned persons."The Huguenots in France
Having inquired into my resources, he said, “You must take the viaticum.”A Tramp's Wallet
The priest said this was impossible as he was not provided with the wherewithal for giving the viaticum.Human Animals
It is Wallenstein's chance now, and for me nothing but the priest's viaticum.The Mercenary
W. J. Eccott
- Christianity Holy Communion as administered to a person dying or in danger of death
- 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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Word Origin and History for viaticum
1560s, from Latin viaticum "travelling money; provision for a journey," from via "way" (see via).
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