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noun Theology.
  1. the doctrine that Christ relinquished His divine attributes so as to experience human suffering.
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Origin of kenosis

1835–45; < Greek kénōsis an emptying (kenō-, variant stem of kenoûn to empty out, drain + -sis -sis)
Related formske·not·ic [ki-not-ik] /kɪˈnɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kenosis


  1. Christianity Christ's voluntary renunciation of certain divine attributes, in order to identify himself with mankind (Philippians 2:6–7)
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Derived Formskenotic (kɪˈnɒtɪk), adjective, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek: an emptying, from kenoun to empty from kenos empty
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Word Origin and History for kenosis


from Greek kenosis "an emptying," from kenoein "to empty," from PIE *ken- "empty." From Phil. ii:7. Related: Kenotic.

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