ke·​no·​sis kə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce kenosis (audio)
: the relinquishment of divine attributes by Jesus Christ in becoming human
kenotic adjective

Examples of kenosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Can Amor’s loving, self-sacrificial kenosis offer a feasible political model? James Wood, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021

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Word History


Late Greek kenōsis, from Greek, action of emptying, from kenoun to purge, empty, from kenos empty

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kenosis was in 1873

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“Kenosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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