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noun 
  1. (Christianity) A member of an heretical Christian sect which held that Jesus Christ has one nature that is both human nature and divine at the same time, 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. The Church of Alexandria in Egypt was considered monophysite, and therefore heterodox instead of orthodox.
= adjective 
  1. Describing the beliefs of a monophysite.
    • It followed that however orthodox the Emperor might desire to be, he was forced, if he was a wise man, to take account of the strong bodies of opinion, which were to be found in Constantinople, in Mesopotamia, in Syria and in Egypt. - 1957 H. A. L. Fisher A history of Europe Edward Arnold publishers p135.
Etymology: From Latin Monophysita, from Byzantine Greek (polytonic, ) "single nature", from Ancient Greek (polytonic, -) "mono-" + (polytonic, ) "physis".


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