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Monophysite

[muh-nof-uh-sahyt]
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noun Theology.
  1. a person who maintains that Christ has one nature, partly divine and partly human.
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Compare Dyophysite.

Origin of Monophysite

1690–1700; < Late Latin monophysīta < Late Greek monophysī́tēs, equivalent to Greek mono- mono- + phýs(is) nature + -ītēs -ite1
Related formsMo·noph·y·sit·ic [muh-nof-uh-sit-ik] /məˌnɒf əˈsɪt ɪk/, adjectiveMo·noph·y·sit·ism, Mo·noph·y·sism, noun
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Examples from the Web for monophysite

Historical Examples

  • Thus while John is an adherent of Chalcedon and a dyothelite, the drift of his teaching is in the monophysite direction.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4

    Various

  • I had no longer a distinctive plea for Anglicanism, unless I would be a Monophysite.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Cardinal Newman

  • He worked upon the emperor's mind in favour of the Monophysite pretender.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI

    Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies

  • I had no more a distinctive plea for Anglicanism, unless I would be a Monophysite.

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Newman


British Dictionary definitions for monophysite

Monophysite

noun
  1. a person who holds that there is only one nature in the person of Christ, which is primarily divine with human attributes
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adjective
  1. of or relating to this belief
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Derived FormsMonophysitic (ˌmɒnəʊfɪˈsɪtɪk), adjectiveMonophysitism, noun

Word Origin

C17: via Church Latin from Late Greek, from mono- + phusis nature
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Word Origin and History for monophysite

Monophysite

1690s, from Church Latin Monophysita, from Greek monophysites, from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + physis "nature" (see physics). Christian (regarded in the West as a heretic) who believes there is only one nature in the person of Jesus Christ. Now comprising Coptic, Armenian, Abyssinian and Jacobite churches.

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