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real presence

[ree-uh l, reel] /ˈri əl, ril/
noun, Theology.
the doctrine that the substance of the body and blood of Christ are present in the Eucharist.
Origin of real presence
First recorded in 1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He had a deep devotion to the real presence, in which he had a firm faith.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • We do not like to come into the real presence of suffering and want.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • She did not believe in the real presence, and she did not wish to be childish.

    Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite
  • An allusion to the controversies on anabaptism and the real presence.

  • Then to them ordinances will live; a real presence will be about their path.

  • I have great need of your mirthsomeness and of your real presence.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • He thinks of the loaves and fishes even when he believes he is in a real presence.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Only when there is some action which testifies to the real presence of the motive and aim.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • As soon as they were in the real presence their conversion was an accomplished fact.

    Mater Christi Mother St. Paul
  • Let us bring them, as often as we can, into the real presence—they may be all unconscious, but He is not.

    Mater Christi Mother St. Paul
British Dictionary definitions for real presence

real presence

the doctrine that the body of Christ is actually present in the Eucharist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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