A person who holds that in the person of Jesus Christ there is only one nature (wholly divine or only subordinately human), not two.
- He drew a distinction between Eutyches, who was condemned for teaching one, rather than two, natures in Christ, and the Monophysites.
- The Copts have been known ever since to the Chalcedonians as Monophysites (from monos, meaning ‘one,’ and physis, meaning ‘nature’).
- One of the attempts made on the Chalcedonian side to produce a formula acceptable to the Monophysites was Monothelitism: the teaching that although there are two natures in Christ, there is only one proper activity.
- Example sentences
- Having concerned himself with Arianism and Monophysitism, the matter of the Donatist controversy was brought to his attention by his friend Robert Williams.
- Newman's foray into Monophysitism, still operating from the hermeneutic established in his work on Arianism, helped to pave the way for his conversion.
- Just as Newman felt liberal politics was out to use the church for political expediency, he also saw this as an element of Monophysitism.
Late 17th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek monophusitēs, from monos 'single' + phusis 'nature'.
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