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1. A sacrament and the central act of worship in many Christian churches, which was instituted at the Last Supper and in which bread and wine are consecrated and consumed in remembrance of Jesus's death; Communion.
2. The consecrated elements of this rite; Communion.

[Middle English eukarist, from Old French eucariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek eukharistiā, from eukharistos, grateful, thankful : eu-, eu- + kharizesthai, to show favor (from kharis, grace; see gher- in Indo-European roots).]

Eu′cha·ris′tic, Eu′cha·ris′ti·cal adj.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the Christian sacrament in which Christ's Last Supper is commemorated by the consecration of bread and wine
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the consecrated elements of bread and wine offered in the sacrament
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Mass, esp when regarded as the service where the sacrament of the Eucharist is administered
[C14: via Church Latin from Greek eukharistia, from eukharistos thankful, from eu- + kharizesthai to show favour, from kharis favour]
ˌEuchaˈristic, ˌEuchaˈristical adj
ˌEuchaˈristically adv


(ˈyu kə rɪst)

1. the sacrament of Holy Communion; the sacrifice of the Mass; the Lord's Supper.
2. the consecrated elements of the Holy Communion, esp. the bread.
[1350–1400; Middle English eukarist < Late Latin eucharistia < Greek eucharistía gratefulness, thanksgiving. See eu-, charisma, -ia]
Eu`cha•ris′tic, Eu`cha•ris′ti•cal, adj.


Also called communion, Mass, or Lord’s Supper. A church service which remembers the Last Supper. The wine and the bread or wafer taken by the participants are symbols of Jesus’ body and blood which he commanded that his followers eat and drink
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eucharist - a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wineEucharist - a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
sacrament - a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction
Offertory - the part of the Eucharist when bread and wine are offered to God
Communion, Holy Communion, manduction, sacramental manduction - the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist; "the governor took Communion with the rest of the congregation"


[ˈjuːkərɪst] NEucaristía f


[ˈjuːkərɪst] nEucharistie f
the Eucharist → l'Eucharistie


n (Eccl: = service) → Abendmahlsgottesdienst m; the Eucharistdas (heilige) Abendmahl, die Eucharistie


[ˈjuːkərɪst] nEucaristia
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