[doh-see-tiz-uh m, doh-si-tiz-]
- 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.
Origin of Docetism
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Examples from the Web for docetic
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.
Hilary especially illustrates the prevalence of naive Docetic views as regards the details of the Incarnation.
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.
- (in the early Christian Church) a heresy that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real
C19: from Medieval Latin Docētae, from Greek Dokētai, from dokein to seem
Word Origin and History for docetic
1846, heresy of the Docetae, who held that the body of Jesus was a phantom, from Greek Doketai, name of the sect, literally "believers," from dokein "to seem, have the appearance of, think," related to doxa (see decent).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper