Definitions for docetismdoʊˈsi tɪz əm, ˈdoʊ sɪˌtɪz-
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Do•ce•tismdoʊˈsi tɪz əm, ˈdoʊ sɪˌtɪz-(n.)
an early Christian heresy asserting that the sufferings of Christ were apparent and not real.
Origin of Docetism:
1840–50; < LGk dokē(taí) (pl. of dokētḗs one who professes the heresy of appearance) < Gk dokē-, var. s. of dokeîn to seem, appear (cf. dogma )
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
The doctrine of the Docetes, that Jesus only appeared to have a physical body and was ultimately of celestial substance.
the doctrine of the Docetae