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  • n. An emptying; an enfeebling; exhaustion; humiliation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An emptying; an enfeebling; exhaustion; humiliation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An emptying or evacuation; a weakening.
  • n. Hence Privation; loss; destitution; low estate.


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  • How this exinanition of the Son of God was compensated with the glory that did ensue, we shall rejoice in the contemplation of unto all eternity.


  • And that in general which is ascribed unto him is kenosis, exinanition, or self-emptying; he emptied himself.

    Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ

  • For their sakes he was so made flesh, as that there was an emptying, an exinanition of himself, and an eclipsing of his glory, and a becoming poor for them, 2 Cor. viii.

    Of Communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost

  • For although it is acknowledged that, in the ordination of God, his exinanition was to precede his glorious, majestical exaltation, as the Scripture witnesses, Phil. ii.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • And all his obedience, considering his person, was mixed with suffering, as a part of his exinanition and humiliation; whence it is said, that “though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.”

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • Wherefore, in the issue of his work, he proposes this only unto himself, that he may be “glorified with that glory which he had with the Father before the world was,” by the removal of that vail which was put upon it in his exinanition.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • Nor doth he seem to pray only for the manifestation of his divine nature, which was eclipsed in his exinanition or appearance in the form of a servant.


  • The kenosis, or the exinanition, of His Divine attributes was, therefore, a free act of Christ, according to Brenz; it was the connatural consequence of the Incarnation, according to Chemnitz.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Starting from the principle that the Eucharistic destruction can be, not a physical but only a moral one, De Lugo finds this exinanition in the voluntary reduction of Christ to the condition of food (reductio ad statum cibi el potus), in virtue of which the Saviour, after the fashion of lifeless food, leaves himself at the mercy of mankind.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • [233] Ib.viii. 45, 47, ix. 14, &c. [234] This ` evacuation 'or ` exinanition' is represented in Tr. in Ps.lxviii. 4 by the more precise metaphor of a vessel drained of its liquid contents.

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus


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