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?

  • 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.