from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical The administration of the Eucharist by dipping the host into the wine and thus offering both simultaneously to the communicant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. The act of tingeing or dyeing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of tingeing or dyeing.
  • n. A method or practice of the administration of the sacrament by dipping the bread or wafer in the wine and administering both together.

from The 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).


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)
Latin intinctio, from intingere to dip in; prefix in- in + tingere to tinge. (Wiktionary)



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