Eu·​cha·​rist | \ ˈyü-k(ə-)rəst How to pronounce Eucharist (audio) \

Definition of Eucharist

2 Christian Science : spiritual communion with God

Other Words from Eucharist

eucharistic \ ˌyü-​kə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce Eucharist (audio) \ adjective, often capitalized

First Known Use of Eucharist

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Eucharist

Middle English eukarist, from Anglo-French eukariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek, Eucharist, gratitude, from eucharistos grateful, from eu- + charizesthai to show favor, from charis favor, grace, gratitude; akin to Greek chairein to rejoice — more at yearn

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“Eucharist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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