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Docetism

Definition:

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

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

Docetisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

heresy of the Docetae, who held that the body of Jesus was a phantom, from Greek...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Docetism

(from the Greek δοκεῖν/δόκησις dokein /dókēsis, according to Norbert Brox, is defined narrowly as "the doctrine according to which the phenomenon of Christ, his historical and bodily existence, and thus above all the human form of... (36 of 2023 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

Docetism [early Christian Church]

a heresy that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real (17 of 262 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/docetism

Britannica Encyclopedia:

Docetism [religion]

Christian heresy and one of the earliest Christian sectarian doctrines, affirming that Christ did not have a real or natural body during his life on ... (25 of 206 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/167323​/Docetism

Oxford Dictionary:

Docetism | Docetist [derived]

the doctrine, important in Gnosticism, that Christ's body was not human but either a phantasm or of real but celestial substance, and that therefore ... (24 of 76 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Docetism

American Heritage Dictionary:

Docetism | Docetist [noun, related]

An opinion especially associated with the Gnostics that Jesus had no human body and only appeared to have died on the cross. (22 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/docetism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Docetism

early heretical trend in Christian thought. Docetists claimed that Christ was a mere phantasm who only seemed to live and suffer. A similar tendency ... (24 of 46 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0815738​.html

Random House Dictionary:

Docetism

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. | ... (25 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/docetism

New World Dictionary:

Docetism | docetic [adjective, related]

a belief among some early Christians that Christ merely seemed to have a human body: it came to be considered heretical (21 of 43 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/docetism

Merriam-Webster:

Docetism | Docetist [noun, related]

a belief opposed as heresy in early Christianity that Christ only seemed to have a human body and to suffer and die on the cross (25 of 41 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/docetism

Cambridge Dictionary:

heresy

(the act of having) an opinion or belief that is the opposite of or against ... | a belief which is against the principles of a particular religion (27 of 93 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/heresy

Wiktionary:

heresy | heresies [plural] | hæresy [sense-specific]

[religion] A doctrine held by a member of a religion at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from Roman Catholic dogma. | A controversial or unorthodox opinion held by a member of a group, as in politics, philosophy or ... (39 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/heresy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

heresy [countable/uncountable] | heresies [plural]

an action or belief that opposes the official principles of a religion and is considered wrong ; an action or belief that is very different from ... (26 of 59 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/heresy

Encarta Dictionary:

Docetism

in Christianity, an early heresy that claimed that Jesus Christ was not a real person (15 of 49 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605679​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

Docetism

First use: 1846

Origin: heresy of the Docetae, who held that the body of Jesus was a phantom, from Greek Doketai, name of the sect, literally "believers", from ... (25 of 36 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=docetism

Oxford Dictionary:

Docetism

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: medieval Latin Docetae (the name, based on Greek dokein "seem", given to a group of 2nd-century Christian heretics) + "-ism"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Docetism

American Heritage Dictionary:

Docetism

Origin: Probably from Late Greek Dokētai, espousers of Docetism, from Greek dokein, to seem; see dek- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

Docetism

Origin: ecclesiastical Classical Greek Dokētai, name of the sect from dokein, to seem, believe (see "dogma") + "-ism"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/docetism

Collins Dictionary:

Docetism [early Christian Church]

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin Docētae, from Greek Dokētai, from dokein to seem

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/docetism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Encarta Dictionary:

Docetism

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: Docete "Docetist", via medieval Latin Docetae (plural) "Docetists" from patristic Greek Dokētai from Greek dokein "seem, appear"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605679​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Docetism [early Christian Church]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Docetism"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/docetism

the Free Dictionary:

Docetism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Docetism"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Docetism"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Docetism" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

Docetism

Audio: English pronunciation of "Docetism"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Docetism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Docetism"

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Docetism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Docetism"

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YourDictionary Audio:

Docetism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Docetism" by speech synthesizer

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