[ ki-rig-muh ]
/ kɪˈrɪg mə /

noun, plural ke·ryg·ma·ta [ki-rig-muh-tuh] /kɪˈrɪg mə tə/.

the preaching of the gospel of Christ, especially in the manner of the early church.
the content or message of such preaching.

Nearby words

  1. kersey,
  2. kerseymere,
  3. kerst,
  4. kerulen,
  5. kerwin,
  6. kerygmatic,
  7. kesey,
  8. kesh,
  9. kesha,
  10. kesia

Also ke·rug·ma [ki-ruhg-muh] /kɪˈrʌg mə/.

Origin of kerygma

1885–90; < Greek kḗrygma proclamation, preaching, equivalent to kēryk-, stem of kērýssein to proclaim + -ma resultative noun suffix

Related formsker·yg·mat·ic [ker-ig-mat-ik] /ˌkɛr ɪgˈmæt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kerygmatic


/ (ˌkeˈriːɡmə) /


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

Word Origin for kerygma

from Greek: preaching, proclamation

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Word Origin and History for kerygmatic



"preaching," 1889, from Greek kerygma "proclamation, preaching," from keryssein "to proclaim," related to keryx "herald."

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