Definitions for: Transubstantiation


[n] an act that changes the form or character or substance of something
[n] the Roman Catholic doctrine that the whole substance of the bread and the wine changes into the substance of the body and blood of Christ when consecrated in the Eucharist



Webster (1913) Definition: Tran`sub*stan`ti*a"tion, n. [LL.
transubstantiatio: cf. F. transsubstantiation.]
1. A change into another substance.

2. (R. C. Theol.) The doctrine held by Roman Catholics, that
the bread and wine in the Mass is converted into the body
and blood of Christ; -- distinguished from
consubstantiation, and impanation.

Synonyms: transmutation

See Also: conversion, theological doctrine

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