(christian theol.) The voluntary self-abasement of the second person of the Trinity in becoming human.
The relinquishment of some of the attributes of God by Jesus in becoming man and suffering death.
Other Word Forms
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).