Definition of viaticum in English:

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Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈatɪkəm/

noun (plural viatica /vʌɪˈatɪkə/)

1The Eucharist as given to a person near or in danger of death.
Example sentences
  • 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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