Docetism [doh- see-tiz- uh m, doh-si-tiz-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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. Related forms Do·ce·tic, adjective Do·ce·tist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for docetic Historical Examples of 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
Hilary especially illustrates the prevalence of naive
Docetic views as regards the details of the Incarnation.
That room was made for
docetic views, and value put upon a strict asceticism. Docetic elements are apparent even in the fragment of the Gospel of Peter recently discovered. British Dictionary definitions for docetic noun (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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Word Origin and History for docetic n.
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).
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