Definition of viaticum in English:


Line breaks: vi¦at|icum
Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈatɪkəm

noun (plural viatica /-kə/)

  • 1The Eucharist as given to a person near or in danger of death.
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    • This was the devastating viaticum of Pomponne de Bellievre for the dying Henry III, king of France.
    • In February 1878 Pius IX died but one month after allowing Victor Emanuel II to receive the viaticum during the king's final bout with malaria.
    • Liturgically, the scene embodies the mass as viaticum, the last mass for the departing soul and a crucial aid for the dying, which Fernando I used as a means of ensuring entrance to Heaven.
  • 2 archaic A supply of provisions or an official allowance of money for a journey.


mid 16th century: from Latin, neuter of viaticus, from via 'road'.

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