from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Christianity The relinquishment of the form of God by Jesus in becoming man and suffering death.
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- n. Christ's voluntary divestment of his divine powers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In theology, the self-limitation and self-renunciation of the Son of God in the incarnation.
Late Greek kenōsis, from Greek, an emptying, from kenoun, to empty, from kenos, empty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κένωσις ("emptying"), from κενόειν ("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). (Wiktionary)