Definitions

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  • n. A time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action; the opportune and decisive moment.

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Examples

  • The concept of kairos is a major component in all my novels thus far - love the way you have applied it to conventions, which I have not attended for several years now due to time constraints, mostly.

    Faire Time

  • In rhetoric kairos is a passing instant when an opening appears which must be driven through with force if success is to be achieved.

    January 2007

  • Prof. Lunsford credits the students she studied with "kairos" - the ancient Greek term for the ability to say the right thing at the right time.

    The Globe and Mail - Technology RSS feed

  • I do not think, however, that Augustine thinks of this as a binary – rather, time as God experiences it is with the full meaning of the word kairos -- it is time in its fullness, literally, the right time: “In the eternal nothing is transient, but the whole is present” (Confessions 228).

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • In the same way that through perspective drawing two dimensions can give us the impression of three, what the Greeks called kairos is simply a chronos -bound impression of the fuller existence of time beyond our current ability to perceive.

    Flow/flOw.

  • Lunsford's team found that the students were remarkably adept at what rhetoricians call kairos-assessing their audience and adapting their tone and technique to best get their point across.

    ZB DIGITAAL

  • Lunsford's team found that the students were remarkably adept at what rhetoricians call kairos -- assessing their audience and adapting their tone and technique to best get their point across.

    Slashdot: Book Reviews

  • 'And so we become dull; we are not alert and we miss the signs that there is a crisis coming: a' kairos 'moment - the moment when we are brought up sharply and given a deadline, notice is served on us;

    Anglican Mainstream

  • It describes a decisive moment, perhaps a "kairos" time.

    NextReformation

  • "kairos," a specific time, and so of short duration.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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  • A Greek concept that means " the right moment."

    July 17, 2009

  • I saw this word in "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery(translated from the French by Alison Anderson). The word seems to be referring to the right time or the opportune moment.

    April 5, 2009