mes·​si·​an·​ic | \ ˌme-sē-ˈa-nik \

Definition of messianic 

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

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Other plotlines just don’t make sense, like Anakin being a messianic virgin birth destined to save the galaxy or Credence’s secret heritage being tied up with that of the Dumbledore family, timeline be damned. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 In so doing, Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium, and garnered Ms. Penny legions of messianic fans. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "An Affable Canadian Author With a Penchant for Murder," 25 May 2018 Bear in mind that the agreement’s flaws were recognized at the time, such as ignoring Iran’s messianic and imperial projects. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "America’s So-Called Allies," 16 May 2018 In Montana, a messianic leader plans to shut down a power grid that supplies electricity to half the country, with a woman taken hostage to ensure the scheme goes through. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,’ ‘Where the Water Goes’," 11 May 2018 Four federal agents and 82 Davidians, including messianic leader David Koresh, died. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Waco' star Taylor Kitsch on playing 'manipulative,' but not crazy Branch Davidian leader," 23 Jan. 2018 Supporters see him as the only hope for cleaning up Mexican politics; critics view him as a messianic populist. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Win by López Obrador Pushes Mexico Sharply to Left," 2 July 2018 Even some fellow leftists worry about a messianic streak. Washington Post, "Ex-rebel looks to defy odds in Colombia presidential race," 16 June 2018 Such was the messianic zeal and indefatigable effort of those FBI and IRS investigators, you’d be forgiven for thinking the U.S. invented the game rather than having largely ignored it for decades. David Hirshey, WSJ, "World Cup Books Reviewed: The World Without America," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of messianic

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for messianic

probably from French messianique, from messianisme

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English Language Learners Definition of messianic

: relating to or having the qualities of a messiah

: supporting a social, political, or religious cause or set of beliefs with great enthusiasm and energy

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