Definition of Monothelite in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈnɒθəlʌɪt/
(also Monothelete /məˈnɒθəliːt/)


Christian Theology
An adherent of the doctrine that Jesus had only one will, proposed in the 7th century to reconcile Monophysite and orthodox parties in the Byzantine Empire but condemned as heresy.
Example sentences
  • As the Monotheletes denied a human free will in Christ, so monergism denies a human free will in the redeemed.
  • The error of the Monotheletes was to deprive Christ of an indispensible element of human nature: the human will.
  • Seeing the spread of the heresy of the Monothelites, with which even the Emperor himself was infected, he left the imperial palace and joined the monks in the Chrysopolis Monastery.


Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek monothelētēs, from monos 'single' + thelētēs (from thelein 'to will').

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