Main Entry:  apophatic
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to a knowledge of God obtained through negation
Etymology:  Gk. apophatikos
Usage:  theology
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Word Origin & History

"involving a mention of something one feigns to deny," 1869, from Gk. apophatikos, from apophasis "denial, answer," from apophanai "to speak off," from apo- "off" + phanai "to speak," related to pheme "voice" (see fame).
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