[ muh-nof-uh-sahyt ]
/ məˈnɒf əˌsaɪt /

noun Theology.

a person who maintains that Christ has one nature, partly divine and partly human.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monophysite


/ (mɒˈnɒfɪˌsaɪt) Christianity /


a person who holds that there is only one nature in the person of Christ, which is primarily divine with human attributes


of or relating to this belief
Derived FormsMonophysitic (ˌmɒnəʊfɪˈsɪtɪk), adjectiveMonophysitism, noun

Word Origin for Monophysite

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