kenosis

noun
ke·​no·​sis | \ kə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce kenosis (audio) , kē- \

Definition of kenosis

: the relinquishment of divine attributes by Jesus Christ in becoming human

Other Words from kenosis

kenotic \ kə-​ˈnä-​tik How to pronounce kenosis (audio) , kē-​ \ 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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First Known Use of kenosis

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kenosis

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

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“Kenosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kenosis. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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