Definition of consubstantiation in English:



mass nounChristian 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
    • ‘Transubstantiation versus consubstantiation is no longer an issue that we First Worlders consider worth the shedding of blood - a good thing for Jesus Christ's reputation and property values, too.’
    • ‘In the case of Lutheranism, a doctrine of consubstantiation was as absurd as the mechanistic maneuvering of transubstantiation.’
    • ‘Rhetorical analysis focuses on the role and nature of symbolic systems in enabling and constraining our means of identification and consubstantiation.’
    • ‘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 transubstantiatio(n-) ‘transubstantiation’.