Monophysite definition

mə-nŏfə-sīt
An adherent of the doctrine that in the person of Jesus there was but a single, divine nature.
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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.
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Alternative capitalization of Monophysite.
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Alternative capitalization of Monophysite.
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(Christianity) A member of an early Christian sect which held that Jesus Christ has one nature, as opposed to the orthodox view that Christ has two natures, both fully man and fully God, and is co-eternal and co-substantial with the Father.
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Describing the beliefs of a Îœonophysite.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
monophysite
Plural:
monophysites

Origin of monophysite

  • Late Latin monophysīta from Late Greek monophusītēs Greek mono- mono- Greek phusis nature bheuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin monophysita, from Byzantine Ancient Greek μονοφυσίτης (monophusitÄ“s), from μόνος (monos, “single") + φύσις (phusis, “nature").

    From Wiktionary