- (Christianity) A Christian belief which holds that the human nature of Jesus Christ was essentially absorbed by the divine, and thus that he essentially had but one nature, contrary to the orthodox view that Christ has two natures, both fully human and fully divine. A variant is apollonarianism, which has gnostic overtones and used hellenistic ideas alien to orthodox Christianity.
Greek μονοφυσιτισμός, from μόνος (only one) + φύσις (nature), 'belief to a single nature'
Variant of Monophysite
an adherent of an originally 4th- and 5th-cent. theory asserting the existence of only one nature (divine or divine-human) in Christ and opposing the orthodox doctrine of the existence of two distinct natures (one wholly divine, the other wholly human) in the one person of Christ
Origin of MonophysiteEcclesiastical Late Greek monophysitēs ; from Classical Greek monos, single (see mono-) + physis, nature (see physic)