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transubstantiation

noun tran·sub·stan·ti·a·tion \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈā-shən\

: the belief in some Christian religions that the bread and wine given at Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ when they are blessed

Full Definition of TRANSUBSTANTIATION

1
:  an act or instance of transubstantiating or being transubstantiated
2
:  the miraculous change by which according to Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox dogma the eucharistic elements at their consecration become the body and blood of Christ while keeping only the appearances of bread and wine
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First Known Use of TRANSUBSTANTIATION

14th century

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