com·​mu·​nion | \ kə-ˈmyü-nyən How to pronounce communion (audio) \

Definition of communion

1 : an act or instance of sharing
2a capitalized : a Christian sacrament in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Christ's death or as symbols for the realization of a spiritual union between Christ and communicant or as the body and blood of Christ
b : the act of receiving Communion
c capitalized : the part of a Communion service in which the sacrament is received
3 : intimate fellowship or rapport : communication sat alone on the mountain, in communion with the wilderness
4 : a body of Christians having a common faith and discipline the Anglican communion

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Examples of communion in a Sentence

She went to the front of the church for Communion. gradually established a feeling of communion with her fellow physicians
Recent Examples on the Web The depressing: Seeing our pastor put on a face shield before distributing communion, which was done after the conclusion of the Mass itself. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Lonely Church This Christmas," 23 Dec. 2020 What grounds that communion is more than personal sentiments. James Matthew Wilson, WSJ, "Finding the Sacred in the Delights of Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 Christmas Eve holy communion will be livestreamed at 5 p.m. at Bonnie Mccarthy, Los Angeles Times, "Where to find church services in L.A. this Christmas Eve," 19 Dec. 2020 Epidemiologists in Greece have differing opinions on the question of holy communion. New York Times, "Greek Orthodox Church Faces Criticism as Virus Hits Its Ranks," 5 Dec. 2020 The church insists there can be no danger of transmission as communion is the blood and body of Christ and therefore cannot transmit any disease. Elena Becatoros, Star Tribune, "Greece's archbishop hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms," 19 Nov. 2020 The weird therapeutic communion at the root of the Capitol riot. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "Feeling Trump’s Pain," 11 Jan. 2021 After orders from the governor put restrictions on gatherings, Trout said many residents, particularly older adults, who attend the church were hurting spiritually from not being able to attend worship, or take communion. James T. Norman,, "Drive-in Christmas Eve Mass in Libertyville sees more than 300 cars," 24 Dec. 2020 Metropolitan Bishop Ioannis of Lagadas, 62, was an outspoken advocate of continuing communion during the pandemic. Star Tribune, "Virus deaths of senior Serb religious leaders triggers alarm," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of communion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for communion

Middle English, from Latin communion-, communio mutual participation, from communis — see common entry 1

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21 Feb 2021

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“Communion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of communion

: a Christian ceremony in which bread is eaten and wine is drunk as a way of showing devotion to Jesus Christ
formal : a close relationship with someone or something
formal : a group of Christians who have the same beliefs


com·​mu·​nion | \ kə-ˈmyü-nyən How to pronounce communion (audio) \

Kids Definition of communion

1 : a close relationship in communion with nature
2 capitalized : a Christian ceremony commemorating with bread and wine the last supper of Jesus Christ
3 : a body of Christians having similar beliefs

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