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- adj. more than substantial, transcending all substance; spiritual
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. More than substantial; spiritual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- More than substantial; beyond the domain of matter; being more than (material) substance: used with special reference to Mat. vi. 11, where the Greek
ἐπιούσιος(‘daily’ in the authorized version) is in the Vulgate supersubstantialis.
- [Tr. Gr.
ὑπερούσιος.] Superessential; transcending all natures, all ideas, and the distinction of existence and non-existence.
super- + substantial, after Latin supersubstantialis used by Jerome to render ἐπιούσιος in the Lord's Prayer. Introduced in English (where επιούσιος is otherwise rendered as "daily") by Thomas More in order to make a connection of the "daily bread" of the Lord's Prayer and the "heavenly and supersubstantial" bread of the eucharist. (Wiktionary)