One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]Christian Theology
1Convert (the substance of the Eucharistic elements) into the body and blood of Christ.
- 1.1literary Change the form or substance of (something) into something different.
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin transubstantiat- ‘changed in substance’, from the verb transubstantiare, from Latin trans- ‘across’ + substantia ‘substance’.
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