Definition of consubstantiation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkänsəbˌstanSHēˈāSH(ə)n/


Christian Theology
The doctrine, especially in Lutheran belief, that the substance of the bread and wine coexists with the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. Compare with transubstantiation.
Example sentences
  • In the case of Lutheranism, a doctrine of consubstantiation was as absurd as the mechanistic maneuvering of transubstantiation.
  • Among much broader goals, they affirmed a form of consubstantiation - that the Eucharist remained physically bread and wine, while becoming spiritually the body and blood of Christ.
  • It reminds me of an old religious controversy between transubstantiation and consubstantiation.


Late 16th century: from modern Latin consubstantiatio(n-), from con- 'together', on the pattern of transubstantiation- 'transubstantiation'.

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Syllabification: con·sub·stan·ti·a·tion

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