One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A propitious moment for decision or action.
- ‘As Christians we have an obligation to discern the signs of the time and respond candidly and boldly to this crisis with hope that God will turn it into a kairos for the church's mission in this century.’
- ‘When, after many attempts, Niebuhr failed to help him understand, he finally just said, ‘It's a kairos, Paulus.’’
- ‘Or do other phenomena perhaps show that the kairos, the right moment, might have passed us by?’
- ‘Without courage, intelligence and passion, the present kairos may pass.’
- ‘In a sense, 2005 is a kairos year for us to set up manageable and attainable strategies for halving world poverty by 2015.’
1930s: Greek, literally ‘opportunity’.
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