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1. The act of giving thanks; thanksgiving. Led through the vale of tears to the region of eucharist and hallelujahs. (South)

2. The sacrament of the lords 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. See sacrament.

Origin: L. Euchaistia, gr, lit, a giving of banks; _ favor, grace, banks; akin to to rejoice, nd prob. To yearn: cf. F. Euchaistie.