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1A person who receives Holy Communion.
parishioners, parish, churchgoers, flock, fold, faithful, following, followers, adherents, believers, loyal members, fellowship, communicants, laity, brethren, brothers and sisters, soulsView synonyms
- ‘Religion played an important role in Julia's life and she was a regular communicant at morning Mass in the parish church.’
- ‘The procession was led through the village by this year's first communicants and children newly confirmed in the parish.’
- ‘Boys often served as altar boys when they became communicants.’
- ‘Rochester was raised as a communicant of the Church of England.’
- ‘He was communicant of the Sacred Heart Church (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish).’
2archaic A person who imparts information.
- ‘Reader, see how yet technical communicants deserve free speech rights.’
- ‘In written communications these (non-verbal cues) are lacking and must be supplied if the communicant is not to be misunderstood.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin communicant- sharing, from the verb communicare (see communicate).
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