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[kon-suh b-stan-shee-ey-shuh n]
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.
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Origin of consubstantiation

1590–1600; < New Latin consubstantiātiōn- (stem of consubstantiātiō), equivalent to con- con- + (trans)substantiātiōn- transubstantiation
Can be confusedconsubstantiation transubstantiation
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Examples from the Web for consubstantiation

Historical Examples

  • This is what they called impanation, invination, consubstantiation.

    The Necessity of Atheism

    Dr. D.M. Brooks

  • Do then these words of Scripture teach the doctrine of Consubstantiation?

  • This is very much the same theory as Luthers doctrine of Consubstantiation.

  • There are persons who talk a great deal about Consubstantiation, and yet they know not what it means.

  • Consubstantiation is not the teaching of the Word; neither is it, nor has it ever been, the teaching of the Lutheran Church.

British Dictionary definitions for consubstantiation


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


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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