a belief among some early Christians that Christ merely seemed to have a human body: it came to be considered heretical
Origin of Docetism; from Ecclesiastical Greek Dok?tai, name of the sect ; from dokein, to seem, believe (see dogma) + -ism
The belief, especially associated with the Gnostics, that Jesus had no human body and only appeared to have died on the cross.
Origin of DocetismProbably from Late Greek Dok&emacron;tai, espousers of Docetism, from Greek dokein, to seem; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural docetisms)