communion

noun
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

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Now, the earthy smell that evokes memories of spiritual communion for so many is under threat: Human activity is predicted to cause a 50% decline in frankincense harvests over the next 20 years, according to new research. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "World’s supply of frankincense could go up in smoke," 1 July 2019 Florida Supercon founder Mike Broder, who has helped thousands of South Florida fans seek nerdy communion at conventions since 2006, sold his fantasy fest in March to ReedPop, the country’s largest convention promoter. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida Supercon 2019: Five events you can’t miss," 28 June 2019 The cocktail is made with Kikori Rice Whiskey, Clement coconut, lemon, black sesame and Japanese chili, garnished with red, white and blue unconsecrated communion wafers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 34 places you can eat, drink and hang out this Independence Day," 27 June 2019 Other items available are shoes, baptismal outfits, first communion outfits, flower girl dresses and Sunday best for boys. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 June 2019 Home care workers often step in to help create the proper ritual space or sense of communion with the dead. Cati Coe, The Conversation, "‘Unskilled’ immigrants help to ease the pain of dying Americans," 25 June 2019 Many mecha movies and series have imagined a communion of the human and the machine. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "How “Neon Genesis Evangelion” Reimagined Our Relationship to Machines," 21 June 2019 Most Catholic kids get their first communion in the second grade. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 To create the collection, Kelsey drew inspiration from little girls’ dresses — think big, frilly communion frocks — while also nodding to the southern romantic girl. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019

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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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communion

noun

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

communion

noun
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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