Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name applied by opponents to various persons in the church who were said to hold a grossly materialistic conception of the Lord's Supper. They were alleged to believe that the Lord's body was, like other food consumed, digested and evacuated. The word was first used by Cardinal Humbert in 1054. Also Stercorianist, Stercorarian.
- n. historical, derogatory One who holds that the consecrated elements in the Eucharist undergo the process of digestion in the body of the recipient.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) A nickname formerly given to those who held, or were alleged to hold, that the consecrated elements in the eucharist undergo the process of digestion in the body of the recipient.
- Latin stercoranista, from Latin stercus, -oris, dung. (Wiktionary)
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