consubstantiation

noun

con·​sub·​stan·​ti·​a·​tion ˌkän(t)-səb-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce consubstantiation (audio)
: the actual substantial presence and combination of the body and blood of Christ with the eucharistic bread and wine according to a teaching associated with Martin Luther compare transubstantiation

Examples of consubstantiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luther’s great departure from what would become majority Protestant practice and belief was his doctrine of consubstantiation, which retained for most purposes the Catholic understanding of the consecration of the elements of the Eucharist. Marilynne Robinson, New Republic, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of consubstantiation was in 1597

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“Consubstantiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consubstantiation. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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