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  • n. A Christian belief which holds that the human nature of Jesus Christ was essentially absorbed by the divine, and thus that he essentially had but one nature, contrary to the orthodox view that Christ has two natures, both fully human and fully divine. A variant is apollonarianism, which has gnostic overtones and used hellenistic ideas alien to orthodox Christianity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrines of the Monophysites. Compare diphysitism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Christian heresy of the 5th and 6th centuries that challenged the orthodox definition of the two natures (human and divine) in Jesus and instead believed there was a single divine nature

Etymologies

Greek μονοφυσιτισμός, from μόνος (only one) + φύσις (nature), 'belief to a single nature' (Wiktionary)

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