One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly Theology. Above or transcending all substance or being; = superessential. Chiefly of God.
2Christian Church. Above or transcending material substance; spiritual. Chiefly of the Eucharistic bread.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Treatise Perfection Sons of God. From post-classical Latin supersubstantialis surpassing all other substance (Vulgate: see note) from super- + substantialis.
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