verb (used with object), tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ing.
- to change from one substance into another; transmute.
- Theology. to change (the bread and wine) into the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
Origin of transubstantiate
1400–50;Related formstran·sub·stan·tial, adjectivetran·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, adjective
v. use of late Middle English transsubstanciate
(adj.) transubstantiated < Medieval Latin trānssubstantiātus,
past participle of trānssubstantiāre.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for transubstantial
Derived Formstransubstantial, adjectivetransubstantially, adverb
- (intr) RC theol (of the Eucharistic bread and wine) to undergo transubstantiation
- (tr) to change (one substance) into another; transmute
C16: from Medieval Latin transsubstantiāre, from Latin trans- + substantia substance
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