What does communion mean?

Definitions for communion
kəˈmyun yəncom·mu·nion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Communion, Holy Communion, sacramental manduction, manductionnoun

    the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist

    "the governor took Communion with the rest of the congregation"

  2. communion, sharingnoun

    sharing thoughts and feelings

  3. communionnoun

    (Christianity) a group of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites


  1. Communionnoun

    The sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; the act of partaking of the sacrament; as, to go to communion; to partake of the communion; called also Holy Communion.


  1. communionnoun

    A joining together of minds or spirits.

  2. Communionnoun

    The sacrament of Holy Communion

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Communionnoun

    Etymology: communio, Latin.

    Consider, finally, the angels, as having with us that communion which the apostle to the Hebrews noteth; and in regard whereof, angels have not disdained to profess themselves our fellow servants. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 4.

    We are not, by ourselves, sufficient to furnish ourselves with competent stores for such a life as our nature doth desire; therefore we are naturally induced to seek communion and fellowship with others. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 10.

    The Israelites had never any communion or affairs with the Ethiopians. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Thou, so pleas’d,
    Can’st raise thy creature to what height thou wilt
    Of union, or communion, deify’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    We maintain communion with God himself, and are made in the same degree partakers of the Divine Nature. Richard Fiddes.

    They resolved, that the standing of the communion table in all churches should be altered. Edward Hyde.

    Tertullian reporteth, that the picture of Christ was engraven upon the communion cup. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    Men began publickly to call on the name of the Lord; that is, they served and praised God by communion, and in publick manner. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Bare communion with a good church, can never alone make a good man; for, if it could, we should have no bad ones. Robert South, Sermons.

    Ingenuous men have lived and died in the communion of that church. Edward Stillingfleet.


  1. communion

    Communion is an act of sharing, participating, or connecting that creates a sense of intimacy, particularly within a religious or spiritual context. It often specifically refers to the Christian sacrament of the Eucharist, where people consume bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. Communion can also refer to the feeling of sharing or exchanging spiritual or emotional feelings and experiences, creating a deep sense of connection and understanding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Communionnoun

    the act of sharing; community; participation

  2. Communionnoun

    intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association and intercourse implying sympathy and confidence; interchange of thoughts, purposes, etc.; agreement; fellowship; as, the communion of saints

  3. Communionnoun

    a body of Christians having one common faith and discipline; as, the Presbyterian communion

  4. Communionnoun

    the sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; the act of partaking of the sacrament; as, to go to communion; to partake of the communion

  5. Etymology: [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See Common.]


  1. Communion

    The term communion is derived from Latin communio. The corresponding term in Greek is κοινωνία, which is often translated as "fellowship". In Christianity, the basic meaning of the term communion is an especially close relationship of Christians, as individuals or as a Church, with God and with other Christians. This basic meaning of the word, found in many passages of the New Testament as well as in secular Greek, predates its other, more specific, Christian uses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Communion

    kom-ūn′yun, n. act of communing: mutual intercourse: fellowship: common possession: interchange of transactions: union in religious service: the body of people who so unite.—n. Commun′ionist, a communicant.—The Communion, Holy Communion, the celebration of the Lord's Supper. [L. communion-em, from communis.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of communion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of communion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of communion in a Sentence

  1. Former Navy Captain Dick Tangeman:

    They lost complete control at communion time because Catholics are used to running to the rail for communion, and there, we exchanged names. i said prayers all the time.

  2. Eddie Myers:

    Words were never invented to fully explain the peaceful aura that surrounds us when we are in communion with minds of the same thoughts.

  3. Canterbury Justin Welby:

    There's nothing I can do if people decide that they want to leave the room. It won't split the communion, the Church is a family and you remain a family even if you go your separate ways.

  4. David Ben-Gurion:

    There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.

  5. Pope Francis:

    Within Catholic Church, there is a tough group of conservative bishops and priests and cardinals, and also very traditionalist bishops and cardinals who are practically against the Pope, who are working against The Pope, they don't like what The Pope wanted to do with the synod about family, to give new possibilities to remarried and divorced people to get the communion, or to have a new look on the homosexual union.

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