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[tran-suh b-stan-shee-eyt]
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verb (used with object), tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ing.
  1. to change from one substance into another; transmute.
  2. Theology. to change (the bread and wine) into the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
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Origin of transubstantiate

1400–50; v. use of late Middle English transsubstanciate (adj.) transubstantiated < Medieval Latin trānssubstantiātus, past participle of trānssubstantiāre. See trans-, substance, -ate1
Related formstran·sub·stan·tial, adjectivetran·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The pope can transubstantiate sin into duty, and duty into sin.

    Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues

    John Alberger

  • He also speaks of the effect of eating mutton being to "transubstantiate sheep into man."

British Dictionary definitions for transubstantiate


  1. (intr) RC theol (of the Eucharistic bread and wine) to undergo transubstantiation
  2. (tr) to change (one substance) into another; transmute
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Derived Formstransubstantial, adjectivetransubstantially, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin transsubstantiāre, from Latin trans- + substantia substance
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