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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An opinion especially associated with the Gnostics that Jesus had no human body and only appeared to have died on the cross.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine of the Docetæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrinal system of the Docetæ.

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

  • n. the heretical doctrine (associated with the Gnostics) that Jesus had no human body and his sufferings and death on the cross were apparent rather than real

Etymologies

Probably from Late Greek Dokētai, espousers of Docetism, from Greek dokein, to seem; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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