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ˈyu kə rɪsteu·charist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Holy Eucharist, Eucharist, sacrament of the Eucharist, Holy Sacrament, Liturgy, Eucharistic liturgy, Lord's Suppernoun

    a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine


  1. Eucharistnoun

    The Christian sacrament of Holy Communion.

  2. Eucharistnoun

    A Christian religious service in which this sacrament is enacted.

  3. Eucharistnoun

    The substances received during this sacrament, namely the bread and wine, seen as Christ's body and blood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EUCHARISTnoun

    The act of giving thanks; the sacramental act in which the death of our Redeemer is commemorated with a thankful remembrance; the sacrament of the Lord’s supper.

    Etymology: ἐυχαϱιστία.

    Himself did better like of common bread to be used in the eucharist. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Some receive the sacrament as a means to procure great graces and blessings, others as an eucharist and an office of thanksgiving for what they have received. Taylor.


  1. Eucharist

    The Eucharist (; from Greek εὐχαριστία, eucharistía, lit. 'thanksgiving'), also known as Holy Communion and the Lord's Supper, is a Christian rite that is considered a sacrament in most churches, and as an ordinance in others. According to the New Testament, the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper; giving his disciples bread and wine during a Passover meal, he commanded them to "do this in memory of me" while referring to the bread as "my body" and the cup of wine as "the blood of my covenant, which is poured out for many".The elements of the Eucharist, sacramental bread (leavened or unleavened) and wine (or non-alcoholic grape juice in some Protestant traditions), are consecrated on an altar or a communion table and consumed thereafter. Christians generally recognize a special presence of Christ in this rite, though they differ about exactly how, where, and when Christ is present. The Catholic Church states that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ under the species of bread and wine. It maintains that by the consecration, the substances of the bread and wine actually become the substances of the body and blood of Jesus Christ (transubstantiation) while the appearances or "accidents" of the bread and wine remain unaltered (e.g. colour, taste, feel, and smell). The Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches agree that an objective change occurs of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Lutherans believe the true body and blood of Christ are really present "in, with, and under" the forms of the bread and wine (sacramental union). Reformed Christians believe in a real spiritual presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Anglican eucharistic theologies universally affirm the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, though Evangelical Anglicans believe that this is a spiritual presence, while Anglo-Catholics hold to a corporeal presence. Others, such as the Plymouth Brethren, take the act to be only a symbolic reenactment of the Last Supper and a memorial. As a result of these different understandings, "the Eucharist has been a central issue in the discussions and deliberations of the ecumenical movement."


  1. eucharist

    The Eucharist, also known as Communion or the Lord's Supper, is a Christian sacrament or ordinance, considered to be a re-enactment of Jesus Christ's Last Supper with his disciples. It involves consuming bread and wine, which symbolize the body and blood of Christ, sacrificed for the redemption of human sin. Through this ritual, believers remember Christ's sacrifice and reaffirm their faith in his teachings. Different Christian denominations may interpret and observe the Eucharist in various ways.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eucharistnoun

    the act of giving thanks; thanksgiving

  2. Eucharistnoun

    the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; the solemn act of ceremony of commemorating the death of Christ, in the use of bread and wine, as the appointed emblems; the communion

  3. Etymology: [L. eucharistia, Gr. e'ycharisti`a, lit., a giving of thanks; e'y^ + cha`ris favor, grace, thanks; akin to chai`rein to rejoice, and prob. to yearn: cf. F. eucharistie.]


  1. Eucharist

    The Eucharist, also called Holy Communion, the Sacrament of the Altar, the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord's Supper, and other names, is a Christian sacrament or ordinance. It is reenacted in accordance with Jesus' instruction at the Last Supper, as recorded in several books of the New Testament, that his followers do in remembrance of him as when he gave his disciples bread, saying, "This is my body", and gave them wine saying, "This is my blood." There are different interpretations of the significance of the Eucharist, but according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "there is more of a consensus among Christians about the meaning of the Eucharist than would appear from the confessional debates over the sacramental presence, the effects of the Eucharist, and the proper auspices under which it may be celebrated." The word Eucharist may refer not only to the rite but also to the consecrated bread and wine used in the rite. In this sense, communicants may speak of "receiving the Eucharist", as well as "celebrating the Eucharist".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eucharist

    ū′ka-rist, n. the sacrament of the Lord's Supper: the elements of the sacrament, as 'to receive the Eucharist.'—adjs. Eucharist′ic, -al. [Gr. eucharistia, thanksgiving—eu, well, and charizesthai, to show favour—charis, grace, thanks.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. eucharist

    Salvation by the pound, or by the pint. (If one should eat, say, a pound of eucharistic chips and drink two quarts of the holy water a day, one would be cleansed of all sin and be much richer in bacteria.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eucharist in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eucharist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of eucharist in a Sentence

  1. Robert Sarah:

    Hosts that are completely gluten-free are invalid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist.

  2. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    Appearances are deceiving when it comes to the Holy Eucharist. It looks like the bread of Jesus’ time, tastes like unleavened bread, smells and feels like bread but it’s not bread. It’s the body and blood, human soul and divine nature of Jesus of Nazareth, risen from the dead.

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