noun Theology.

  1. the doctrine that Christ relinquished His divine attributes so as to experience human suffering.


  1. Christianity Christ’s voluntary renunciation of certain divine attributes, in order to identify himself with mankind (Philippians 2:6–7)

from Greek kenosis “an emptying,” from kenoein “to empty,” from PIE *ken- “empty.” From Phil. ii:7. Related: Kenotic.

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