real presence

noun, often capitalized R&P

Definition of real presence

: the doctrine that Christ is actually present in the Eucharist

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But Odubel’s batting .360, [Jorge] Alfaro’s developed into a real presence behind the plate, Pivetta and Velasquez have demonstrated that their performance can match their stuff, and our bullpen has really been solid one through eight. Bob Brookover,, "Are the Phillies for real? Absolutely | Bob Brookover," 18 May 2018 James Tarkowski, starter of just four games last season, emerged as a real presence for the Clarets., "Premier League Overachievers: The 2017-18 Over-Performing XI," 16 May 2018 Great numbers with advanced degrees and a real presence in cinema. Taffy Brodesser-akner, New York Times, "Antonio Banderas Doesn’t Think You’ll Remember Him. Not Yet.," 18 Apr. 2018 It should be noted that the film represents a three-way collaboration between Abbas, Ahmad, and animator Ali Kamili, whose work has a not-quite-real presence that nudges the experience closer to the sublime. Ty Burr,, "The final frames of Abbas Kiarostami," 12 Apr. 2018 For bowls with real presence, Super Good Thing Platform bowls are impossible to beat. Mackenzie Wagoner, Bon Appetit, "How to Throw a Healthyish Dinner Party When It's Cold Outside," 11 Jan. 2018 And until recently, the other half of Ma’s prediction was also true: China’s tech giants were mostly domestic creatures, with no real presence overseas. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Didi uber Uber?," 23 Dec. 2017

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1554, in the meaning defined above

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