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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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DRACHMA

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A coin used as money; the Greeks originated the word. In the parable reported by Luke, the lost drachma was equivalent to the Roman denarius (Luke 15:8-10). Its value approximated a day's wages. (Etym. Greek drachm_, handful.)