Meaning of kairos in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʌɪrɒs/


  • A propitious moment for decision or action.

    ‘Or do other phenomena perhaps show that the kairos, the right moment, might have passed us by?’
    • ‘When, after many attempts, Niebuhr failed to help him understand, he finally just said, ‘It's a kairos, Paulus.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.