a belief among some early Christians that Christ merely seemed to have a human body: it came to be considered heretical
Origin of Docetismfrom 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 Dokētai espousers of Docetism from Greek dokein to seem ; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural docetisms)