noun /vaɪˈatɪkəm/
a) The Eucharist, when given to a person who is dying or one in danger of death.

Towards night-fall he entered a town called Sa’adiyah where he alighted and took out somewhat of his viaticum and ate

b) Provisions, money, or other supplies given to someone setting off on a long journey (often figurative).

That viaticum I had been made to drink had undoubtedly been spiked with cantharides or something

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  • Viaticum — • Among the ancient Greeks the custom prevailed of giving a supper to those setting out on a journey Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Viaticum     Viaticum      …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • Viatĭcum — (lat.), 1) bei den Römern die abreisenden Freunden mit auf den Weg gegebenen Lebensmittel; 2) das den nach den Provinzen gehenden Statthaltern aus dem Staatsschatz gegebene Reisegeld; 3) das Geld, welches sich Soldaten im Kriege verdienten od.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Viaticum — Viaticum, ein Weg oder Zehrgeld, Zehrpfennig …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Viaticum — Viaticum, lat., Reisegeld, Zehrpfennig; Wegzehrung (das einem Sterbenden gereichte Abendmahl) …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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  • viaticum — ► NOUN (pl. viatica) ▪ the Eucharist as given to a person near or in danger of death. ORIGIN Latin, from via road …   English terms dictionary

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