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millenarian

[mil-uh-nair-ee-uh n] /ˌmɪl əˈnɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a thousand, especially the thousand years of the prophesied millennium.
2.
of or pertaining to the millennium, especially of Christian prophecy, or millennialism:
millenarian zeal.
noun
3.
a believer in the coming of the millennium.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; millenary + -an
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  • They were merely particularly potent believers in violence in the furtherance of an idealistic, millenarian vision.
  • Consequently those who are in the grip of millenarian apocalyptic fantasies tend to be lunatics or psychopaths.
  • The area in consequence has generated peasant-based millenarian movements for hundreds of years.
  • The recurring response to such an existential crisis is a surge in millenarian beliefs and an inclination toward nihilism.
  • Second is the approach of the millennium and the possibility that heretofore peace-loving millenarian groups might become violent.
British Dictionary definitions for millenarian

millenarian

/ˌmɪlɪˈnɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a thousand or to a thousand years
2.
of or relating to the millennium or millenarianism
noun
3.
an adherent of millenarianism
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Word Origin and History for millenarian
n.

1550s, "one who believes in the coming of the (Christian) millennium," from Latin millenarius (see millennium) + -ian. As an adjective, "pertaining to the millennium," from 1630s. Related: Millennarianism.

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