transubstantiation

noun
tran·​sub·​stan·​ti·​a·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)-səb-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce transubstantiation (audio) \

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

Examples of transubstantiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some bishops have expressed concern over Catholics' acceptance of the doctrine, citing a 2019 survey that found most church members don't believe in transubstantiation. Arkansas Online, 18 Nov. 2021 Some bishops have expressed concern over Catholics’ acceptance of the doctrine, citing a 2019 survey that found most church members don’t believe in transubstantiation. Peter Smith, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2021 The document highlights the centrality of the doctrine of transubstantiation, which says that when a priest celebrates Mass, the bread and wine is transformed into Jesus' actual body and blood. Arkansas Online, 18 Nov. 2021 The document highlights the centrality of the doctrine of transubstantiation, which says that when a priest celebrates Mass, the bread and wine is transformed into Jesus’ actual body and blood. Peter Smith, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Found in Catholic doctrine, transubstantiation is when the substance of bread is turned into the substance of the body of Christ during the eucharist. Marya E. Gates, Vulture, 10 Aug. 2021 When the Protestant reformers in the 16th century rejected the Catholic teaching that the bread and wine substantively became the body and blood of Jesus, Catholic Church leaders affirmed the teaching, called transubstantiation. New York Times, 26 June 2021 The processions on Corpus Christi commemorate the biblical transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Washington Post, 20 June 2019 Belief in transubstantiation has both scriptural and patristic bases. John Hirschauer, National Review, 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of transubstantiation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Transubstantiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transubstantiation. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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transubstantiation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transubstantiation

: 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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