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apophatic

adjective

pertaining to a knowledge of God obtained through negation

Word Origin

Gk. apophatikos

Usage Note

theology

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adj.

"involving a mention of something one feigns to deny; involving knowledge obtained by negation," 1850, from Greek apophatikos, from apophasis "denial, answer," from apophanai "to speak off," from apo- "off" (see apo-) + phanai "to speak," related to pheme "voice" (see fame (n.)).

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