The doctrine that in the person of Jesus Christ there was but one, divine, nature, rather than two natures, divine and human. A point of dispute between the Coptic and Abyssinian churches, which accept the doctrine, and Roman Catholicism, which denies it in favour of the opposing, dyophysite doctrine of two natures.

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  • monophysite — [ mɔnɔfizit ] adj. et n. • 1694; de mono et gr. phusis « nature » ♦ Relig. Doctrine monophysite (ou MONOPHYSISME n. m. ), qui ne reconnaît qu une nature (divine; humaine) au Christ. N. Adepte de cette doctrine …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Monophysite — [mō näf′ə sīt΄, mənäf′ə sīt΄] n. [LGr(Ec) monophysitēs < Gr monos, single (see MONO ) + physis, nature (see PHYSIC)] an adherent of an originally 4th and 5th cent. theory asserting the existence of only one nature (divine or divine human) in… …   English World dictionary

  • Monophysite — Monophysitic /meuh nof euh sit ik/, adj. Monophysitism, Monophysism, n. /meuh nof euh suyt /, n. Theol. a person who maintains that Christ has one nature, partly divine and partly human. Cf. Dyophysite. [1690 1700; < LL monophysita < LGk… …   Universalium

  • Monophysite — noun Etymology: Medieval Latin Monophysita, from Middle Greek Monophysitēs, from Greek mon + physis nature more at physics Date: 1698 one holding the doctrine that Christ has a single inseparable nature that is at once divine and human rather… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Monophysite heresy — (5th–6th century AD) Doctrine that emphasized the single nature (the term means literally of one nature ) of Christ, as a wholly divine being rather than part divine and part human. Monophysitism began to appear in the 5th century; though… …   Universalium

  • Monophysite — Monophysisme Le monophysisme (du grec μονο [mono] une seule et φυσις [füsis] nature) est une doctrine christologique apparue au Ve siècle dans l empire byzantin en réaction au nestorianisme, et ardemment défendue par Eutychès et Dioscore d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Monophysite — 1. noun /məˈnɒfɪsaɪt/ A member of an early Christian sect which held that Jesus Christ has one nature, as opposed to the orthodox view that Christ has two natures, both fully man and fully God, and is co eternal and co substantial with the Father …   Wiktionary

  • monophysite — (mo no fi zi t ) s. m. Partisan du monophysisme. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. monophysita (QUICHERAT, Addenda) ; le terme grec est dérivé de deux mots traduits par : unique et nature …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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