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The belief, especially associated with the Gnostics, that Jesus had no human body and only appeared to have died on the cross.
[Probably from Late Greek Dokētai, espousers of Docetism, from Greek dokein, to seem; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) (in the early Christian Church) a heresy that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real
[C19: from Medieval Latin Docētae, from Greek Dokētai, from dokein to seem]
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Do•ce•tism(doʊˈsi tɪz əm, ˈdoʊ sɪˌtɪz-)
an early Christian heresy asserting that the sufferings of Christ were apparent and not real.
[1840–50; < Late Greek dokē(taí) (pl. of dokētḗs one who professes the heresy of appearance) < Greek dokē-, variant s. of dokeîn to seem, appear (compare dogma)]
Do•ce′tist, n., adj.
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a very early heretical belief that held that Christ’s body was not material or real, but only the appearance of a body. — Docetae, n. pl.See also: Heresy
the teaching of an early heretical sect asserting that Christ’s body was not human or material, but celestial in substance. — Docetic, adj.See also: Christ
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|Noun||1.||Docetism - the heretical doctrine (associated with the Gnostics) that Jesus had no human body and his sufferings and death on the cross were apparent rather than real|
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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