American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical The administration of the Eucharist by dipping the host into the wine and thus offering both simultaneously to the communicant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of dyeing.
- n. In the Greek and other Oriental churches, the act of steeping parts of the hosts or consecrated oblates in the chalice, in order thus to communicate the people with both species (of bread and of wine). For this purpose the cochlear or eucharistie spoon is used, except by the Armenians. In the Western Church intinction is mentioned in the seventh (as a method of communion for the sick already in the fifth) century, and was a general practice in the tenth and two succeeding centuries. It fell into disuse with the denial of the chalice to communicants. Intinction is to be distinguished from the act of commixture, which is done with a particle of the host or oblate with which the priest communicates himself.
- n. The act of steeping or soaking the bread (or 'body' of Christ) in the wine (or 'blood' of Christ) so the communicant may receive both aspects of the eucharist simultaneously.
- n. obsolete The act of tingeing or dyeing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of tingeing or dyeing.
- n. (Eccl.) A method or practice of the administration of the sacrament by dipping the bread or wafer in the wine and administering both together.
- Latin intinctio, from intingere to dip in; prefix in- in + tingere to tinge. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin intinctiō, intinctiōn-, a dipping in, from Latin intinctus, past participle of intingere, to dip in : in-, in; see in-2 + tingere, to moisten. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“However, he said, the practice of dipping the wafer, called intinction, may carry a higher risk since fingers are also often dipped into the wine.”
“The comparison even extends to elevating trivial food regulations – eating pork – over matters of sexual ethics; an Anglican example of this is to forbid intinction while smiling benignly on consensual, supportive sodomy – something Ralph Spence did when bishop of Niagara.”
“But the practice of intinction — dipping sacramental bread in wine — posed a bigger threat, it said.”
“But the practice of intinction — dipping sacramental bread in wine — posed a bigger threat.”
“For those who wish still to offer both bread and wine, the Archbishops have recommended use of "personal intinction by the presiding minister" allowing the priest to dip communion wafers in the chalice before handing them out to communicants.”
“Given the common misuse of it, forbidding intinction when there is a high risk of infection is actually a legitimate course of action.”
“During the SARS outbreak in Canada, at least one diocese, the Diocese of Niagara Ontario, banned intinction in its churches.”
“To this end, they have for some time forbidden intinction at the Eucharist:”
“But the practice of intinction—dipping sacramental bread in wine—posed a bigger threat, it said.”
“But the practice of intinction—dipping sacramental bread in wine—posed a bigger threat.”
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