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consubstantiation

[kon-suh b-stan-shee-ey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn səbˌstæn ʃiˈeɪ ʃən/
noun, Theology
1.
the doctrine that the substance of the body and blood of Christ coexist in and with the substance of the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Neo-Latin consubstantiātiōn- (stem of consubstantiātiō), equivalent to con- con- + (trans)substantiātiōn- transubstantiation
Can be confused
consubstantiation, transubstantiation.
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British Dictionary definitions for consubstantiation

consubstantiation

/ˌkɒnsəbˌstænʃɪˈeɪʃən/
noun (Christian theol, in the belief of High-Church Anglicans)
1.
the doctrine that after the consecration of the Eucharist the substance of the body and blood of Christ coexists within the substance of the consecrated bread and wine
2.
the mystical process by which this is believed to take place during consecration
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Word Origin and History for consubstantiation
n.

1590s, from Church Latin consubstantionem (nominative consubstantio), noun of action from past participle stem of consubstantiare, from com- "with" (see com-) + substantia (see substance). Related: Consubstantiate.

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Encyclopedia Article for consubstantiation

doctrine of the Eucharist affirming that Christ's body and blood substantially coexist with the consecrated bread and wine. The term is unofficially and inaccurately used to describe the Lutheran doctrine of the Real Presence; namely, that the body and blood of Christ are present to the communicant "in, with, and under" the elements of bread and wine. Consubstantiation differs radically from the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, which asserts that the total substance of bread and wine are changed into the substance of the body and blood of Christ at the moment of consecration in such a way that only the appearances of the original elements remain.

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