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From Latin viāticum (travelling-money, provisions for a journey), from viāticus (of a road or journey), from via (road).



viaticum (plural viaticums or viatica)

  1. The Eucharist, when given to a person who is dying or one in danger of death.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 37:
      from Anglo-Saxon times there had been a deep conviction that to receive the viaticum was a virtual death sentence which would make subsequent recovery impossible.
  2. Provisions, money, or other supplies given to someone setting off on a long journey (often figurative).
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 20:
      Towards night-fall he entered a town called Sa’adiyah where he alighted and took out somewhat of his viaticum and ate
    • 1971, Anthony Burgess, M/F, Penguin 2004, p. 184:
      That viaticum I had been made to drink had undoubtedly been spiked with cantharides or something
  3. A portable altar.




Substantivization of the neuter form of the adjective viāticus (pertaining to a journey or traveling).



viāticum n (genitive viāticī); second declension

  1. travelling-money; provision for a journey
  2. (figuratively) a journey
  3. resources; means
  4. money made abroad, especially as a soldier, or used to travel abroad


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative viāticum viātica
genitive viāticī viāticōrum
dative viāticō viāticīs
accusative viāticum viātica
ablative viāticō viāticīs
vocative viāticum viātica

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  • viaticum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • viaticum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “viaticum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • viaticum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • viaticum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • viaticum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin