in·​tinc·​tion in-ˈtiŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce intinction (audio)
: the administration of the sacrament of Communion by dipping bread in wine and giving both together to the communicant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web No Holy Communion from the chalice by the faithful; concelebrating priests should communicate by intinction. Madeline Mitchell,, 8 May 2020 The nonnas don’t have a word for this practice, but some Catholics do: intinction. Chantal Braganza, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2017 Centuries after Christians had stopped arguing about intinction, Southerners had their own sacramental crisis over cornbread and collards. Casey Cep, New Republic, 26 May 2017

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Word History


Late Latin intinction-, intinctio baptism, from Latin intingere to dip in, from in- + tingere to dip, moisten — more at tinge

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intinction was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Intinction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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