One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Literary and technical. The action or process of emptying or exhausting something material or immaterial; the state of being emptied or exhausted, exhaustion.
2Theology. Of Christ, with reference to Philippians 2:8.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From (i) Middle French, French † exinanition.
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