Definition of Acephalian in English:

Acephalian

noun

Church History
  • A member of a group of extreme Monophysites who seceded from the main body in the 5th cent., acknowledging no leaders and rejecting episcopal control.

adjective

Church History
rare
  • Of or belonging to the Acephalians. Now rare.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cartwright (d. 1603), theologian and religious controversialist. From post-classical Latin acephali acephali + -an. Compare Middle French (rare) acephalien, noun.

Pronunciation:

Acephalian

/ˌeɪsɪˈfeɪlɪən//ˌeɪkɛˈfeɪlɪən/