[ 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.
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 forms

ker·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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