transubstantiation

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

Definition of transubstantiation

1 : 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
2 : an act or instance of transubstantiating or being transubstantiated

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First Known Use of transubstantiation

14th century


TRANSUBSTANTIATION Defined for English Language Learners

transubstantiation

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Definition of transubstantiation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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