[ ki-rig-muh ]

noun,plural ke·ryg·ma·ta [ki-rig-muh-tuh]. /kɪˈrɪg mə tə/.
  1. the preaching of the gospel of Christ, especially in the manner of the early church.

  2. the content or message of such preaching.

Origin of kerygma

1885–90; <Greek kḗrygma proclamation, preaching, equivalent to kēryk-, stem of kērýssein to proclaim + -ma resultative noun suffix
  • Also ke·rug·ma [ki-ruhg-muh]. /kɪˈrʌg mə/.

Other words from kerygma

  • ker·yg·mat·ic [ker-ig-mat-ik], /ˌkɛr ɪgˈmæt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby kerygma Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kerygma in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kerygma


/ (ˌkeˈriːɡmə) /

  1. Christianity the essential news of Jesus, as preached by the early Christians to elicit faith rather than to educate or instruct

Origin of kerygma

from Greek: preaching, proclamation

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