Kenosis meaning

kĭ-nōsĭs
(christian theol.) The voluntary self-abasement of the second person of the Trinity in becoming human.
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The relinquishment of some of the attributes of God by Jesus in becoming man and suffering death.
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(Christianity) Christ's voluntary divestment of his divine powers.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kenosis
Plural:
kenoses

Origin of kenosis

  • Late Greek kenōsis from Greek an emptying from kenoun to empty from kenos empty

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek κένωσις (kenōsis, “emptying"), from κενόειν (kenoein, “to empty") (with reference to Philippians 2.vii, "But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are" - New Jerusalem Version).

    From Wiktionary