chalice

Definitions

  • Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
    Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chalice a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup
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SPANISH CHALICE. SOUTH KENSINGTON MUSEUM SPANISH CHALICE. SOUTH KENSINGTON MUSEUM

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chalice A cup or bowl; especially, the cup used in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chalice A drinking-cup or -bowl.
    • n chalice The cup in which the wine is administered in the celebration of the eucharist or Lord's supper. It is now generally made of silver, gilt inside; but gold chalices are not infrequent, while less costly materials have been used at all periods. The rubrics of the Roman Catholic Church require the chalice to be of gold or silver. The shape of the chalice varies very greatly; but in general the foot is wide-spreading, and a knop is introduced in the stem, sometimes half-way up, sometimes nearer the bowl, the object being to prevent all chance of spilling the consecrated wine, the knop affording a firm hold for the hand.
    • n chalice The wine mingled with a little water for use at the eucharist.
    • n chalice The custom or rite of adding water to the eucharistic wine. See krasis.
    • n chalice A cup-shaped globe for diffusing light.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chalice chal′is a cup or bowl: a communion-cup
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Idioms

Poisoned chalice - If someone is given a poisoned chalice, they are given a job or task which appears attractive but is actually doomed to failure or beset with problems that will damage their reputation or harm them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OR. chalis, calice, OF. chalice, calice, F. calice, fr. L. calix, akin to Gr. and E. helmet,. Cf. Calice Calyx
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. calice—L. calix, calicis; Gr. kylix, a cup. Calyx is a different word, but from the same root.

Usage

In literature:

A lily leaf bent over the chalice of the floating flower.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg
Will you mold the chalice?
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
The open rose is not perfectly pure; bees have bathed in its chalice, insects have slept in it.
"St. Peter's Umbrella" by Kálmán Mikszáth
Myrrh and frankincense rise, sweet and strong, from the depths of the snowy chalices.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
Chalice and paten, ewer and basin, crewet and chrismatory, are found as in the Western churches.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
Her lips had touched only the brim of the chalice, and it must be drained to the dregs.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
When a bird dips its long bill into the chalice of a flower it is doing precisely the same act.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
But the Wee Folk were under a cloud; sceptical hints had embittered the chalice.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
As she had asked to drink the chalice she should do so to the dregs.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
It is in these small chalices that the Tartars daily make to their idol offerings of water, milk, butter, and meal.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
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In poetry:

I wish I were the chalice fair,
That holds the Blood of Love,
When every flash lights holy prayer
Upon its way above.
"A Child's Wish" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Nothing, this foam, virgin verse
Depicting the chalice alone:
Far off a band of Sirens drown
Many of them head first.
"A Toast" by Stephane Mallarme
Out from the chalices,
The pigmy palaces
Where the tint hides,
Opal and sapphire
Half-pearl and half-fire
The colour slides;
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
The poison'd chalice to my lips
Shall ne'er again be press'd
The Pledge I'll ever, ever keep,
For by the Pledge I'm bless'd!
"The Saving Pledge" by John Pierpont
I'll dash the poisoned chalice down,
And swell the Temperance train;
No more shall wine my senses drown,
I'll be a man again.
"The Vow Of The Reclaimed" by John Pierpont
And she meets me with a chalice
Like the Giamschid ruby burning,
And I drain it without malice,
To her towers of topaz turning.
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Why "Chalice" is a Swear in Quebec.
Poison Pill or Poisoned Chalice .
Charles County man who stole chalice gets suspended sentence.
Most important, the original songs on the Chalice 's eponymous debut EP -- which drops with a release party Friday at 7th Street Entry -- are mostly built around dancing and partying.
The Chalice performs "Push It" live in the studios of 89.3 The Current.
Curse of the Judas Chalice .
Noah Wyle plays a swashbuckling librarian with Bob Newhart as his eccentric boss in TNT telepic 'The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice '.
Bruised and abused for over a century, hallowed chalice endures and brings Canadians together.
This is the voice of Lizzo, one-third of the Chalice, a Minneapolis hip-hop revelation.
I think I'm going to go grab a chalice of scotch.
My vase might be the No 403 "Leaf Chalice" in because the leafs bow-out sharp, as in elbows.
Poison Pill or Poisoned Chalice.
So it comes to this today as the 39th Ryder Cup reaches its climax at Medinah Country Club: If Europe is going to retain the coveted chalice, it will have to win eight of the 12.
At the beginning of every Our Whole Lives meeting, a chalice symbolizing the Unitarian Universalist faith is lit.
Twin Falls Jive members Averey and Chalice stopped by the studio today to remind us about another Jive Winter Showcase.
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