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From ecclesiastical Ancient Greek θνητόψῡχος, from θνητός (mortal) and ψῡχή (soul) +‎ -ism.


  • IPA(key): /θnɛtəˈsaɪkɪz(ə)m/


thnetopsychism (uncountable)

  1. The doctrine that when the body dies, the soul also dies, and that both are to be called back to life at the Day of Judgement. This was first recorded as taught by the Thnētopsȳchītæ, a third century sect of Christianity in Arabia, and is based on I Timothy 6: 16, an epistolary doxology addressed to the God who alone has immortality.
    • 2012, Henry Weinfield, The Blank-Verse Tradition from Milton to Stevens: Freethinking and the Crisis of Modernity:
      On the contrary, the metaphor of “soul sleeping” bridges what for thnetopsychism amounts to two sharply polarized concepts: on the one hand, that of death and nothingness in all its finality, and, on the other, that of eternal life.

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