Figure Name eucharistia
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham (1593)
Earliest Source None
Synonyms gratiarum actio
Etymology Gk. "thanksgiving"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Giving thanks for a benefit received, sometimes adding one's inability to repay. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Eucharistia in Latine Gratiarum actio, is a forme of speech, bu which the speaker geveth thankes for benefites received. (Peacham)


2. An example of Cicero: To thee O Caesar wee give most harty thankes, yea great thankes wee yeeld to thee. (Peacham)

2. Another of our saviour Christ: Father I thanke thee for that thou hast heard me. (Peacham)

2. This forme of speech is used much with acknowledging the benefites received, and the unworthinesse of the receiver, whereof we have an example in Jacob the Patriarch, where he saith in these words: “I am not worhty of the least of all thy mercies, and all the truth which thou hast shewwed unto thy servant, for with my staffe came I over this Jordan, and now I have two droves.” Gen.31.10. (Peacham)

2. Sometime it is joyned with a confession of the unablenesse of the receiver to requite the giver, after the example of David, where he saith: “What shal I give unto the Lord for all the benefites towards me? or, for all the benefites which he hath bestowed upon me?” Psal.16. (Peacham)

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