messianic

adjective

mes·​si·​an·​ic ˌme-sē-ˈa-nik How to pronounce messianic (audio)
1
: of or relating to a messiah
this messianic kingdom
2
: marked by idealism and an aggressive crusading spirit
messianic zeal
on a messianic mission

Examples of messianic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daryl and his charges travel via checkpoints manned by an ecumenical network of faith-minded communities who all believe in Laurent’s messianic potential. Jessica Liese, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 But for Russian President Vladimir Putin — who has described in almost messianic terms his desire to create a new world order — the gathering highlighted his global isolation. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 But before a more constructive, less messianic vocation for the Russian state can be born, the Russian Idea must die. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 Netanyahu has become a puppet on a string of messianic extremists. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 24 July 2023 And, third, the disputes surrounding the rebbe from Crown Heights are strikingly similar to those which surrounded the rebbe Yeshua, or Jesus, when his followers first pressed his claim: was this messianic pretension a horrific blasphemy or a final fulfillment? Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 Absent a constitution, which is unlikely to suddenly appear, this would not be a genuine democracy, one powerless to hold back the messianic rightwing parties’ attempt to legislate a series of racist, homophobic, corrupt laws and to dominate the majority. Time, 14 Aug. 2023 This captured a messianic mother (Lola Dueñas) dispatching her kids to leave their family home and save the world. John Hopewell, Variety, 14 July 2023 But the novel’s stakes actually justify a certain messianic fervor. Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

probably from French messianique, from messianisme

First Known Use

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of messianic was circa 1794

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“Messianic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/messianic. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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