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Monophysite Line breaks: Mon|ophy¦site
Pronunciation: /məˈnɒfɪsʌɪt/

Definition of Monophysite in English:


Christian Theology
A person who holds that there is only one inseparable nature (partly divine, partly and subordinately human) in the person of Christ.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /mɒnə(ʊ)fɪˈsɪtɪz(ə)m/
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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