consubstantial love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of the same substance, nature, or essence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the same substance or essence; coessential.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of the same kind or nature; having the same substance or essence; coessential.

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  • adjective Of the same substance or essence.

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  • adjective regarded as the same in substance or essence (as of the three persons of the Trinity)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English consubstancial, from Late Latin cōnsubstantiālis : Latin com-, com- + Late Latin substantiālis, substantial; see substantial.]

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From Latin consubstāntiālis, from con- + substāntia ("substance").


  • Athanasians and the Eusebians; but Theodoric could not regard him as a man unfaithful to God, because he had rejected the term consubstantial, after admitting it at first.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Paul of Samosata; but he took it in a gross sense, marking division; as we say, that several pieces of money are of the same metal: whereas the orthodox explained the term consubstantial so well, that the emperor himself comprehended that it involved no corporeal idea — signified no division of the absolutely immaterial and spiritual substance of the Father — but was to be understood in a divine and ineffable sense.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • If you wish that I should add to this that His body is consubstantial with us, I will do this; but I do not understand the term consubstantial in such a way that I do not deny that he is the Son of God.

    A Source Book for Ancient Church History

  • The other Eusebius, too, bishop of Cæsarea, approved the word consubstantial, after condemning it the day before.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Therefore it was that Athanasius, a deacon of Alexandria, persuaded the fathers to dwell on the word consubstantial, which had been rejected as improper by the Council of Antioch, held against

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Pope Dionysius is shocked that his namesake did not use the word "consubstantial" -- this is more than sixty years before Nicaea.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • St. Hilary, in his defence of the word consubstantial, approved in the Council of Nice, though condemned fifty-five years before in the Council of Antioch, reasons thus: “Eighty bishops rejected the word consubstantial, but three hundred and eighteen have received it.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In these last points he is more explicit than St. Athanasius himself is elsewhere, while in the use of the word consubstantial, ‘omooúsios, he anticipates Nicæa, for he bitterly complains of the calumny that he had rejected the expression.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • Caroline @336: As someone who remembers the newly-translated-from-the-Latin liturgy with the exception of 'consubstantial' from 1967, I have to say that any recitation causing double or triple train-of-thought switches is going to be seriously disruptive.

    Making Light: Open thread 135

  • There is still debate going on over the use of the word "consubstantial" or not.

    Finally, the Translations are being Released! The Creed


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  • My consubstantial father's voice. Did you see anything of your artist brother Stephen lately? No?

    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006