[ doh-see-tiz-uhm, doh-si-tiz- ]
/ doʊˈsi tɪz əm, ˈdoʊ sɪˌtɪz- /
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an early Christian doctrine that the sufferings of Christ were apparent and not real and that after the crucifixion he appeared in a spiritual body.
Roman Catholic Church. an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity.
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OTHER WORDS FROM DocetismDo·ce·tic, adjectiveDo·ce·tist, noun, adjective
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How to use Docetism in a sentence
Docetic elements are apparent even in the fragment of the Gospel of Peter recently discovered.
That room was made for docetic views, and value put upon a strict asceticism.
Hilary especially illustrates the prevalence of naive Docetic views as regards the details of the Incarnation.
This gospel was originally still more Docetic than it now is, according to Lipsius.
The heresies against which Ignatius contends imply the rise of the later Gnostic and Docetic sects.
British Dictionary definitions for Docetism
/ (ˈdəʊsɪˌtɪzəm) /
(in the early Christian Church) a heresy that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real
Word Origin for Docetism
C19: from Medieval Latin Docētae, from Greek Dokētai, from dokein to seem
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