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noun (viatica)
  1. The Eucharist, when given to a person who is dying or one in danger of death.
  2. Provisions, money, or other supplies given to someone setting off on a long journey (often figurative).
    • 1885: Towards night-fall he entered a town called Sa"adiyah where he alighted and took out somewhat of his and ate " Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (Night 20)
    • 1971: That I had been made to drink had undoubtedly been spiked with cantharides or something " Anthony Burgess, M/F (Penguin 2004, p. 184)
Etymology: From Latin Latin, viÄticum "travelling-money, provisions for a journey", neuter singular of viaticus, viÄticus, from via "way".


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