mes·​si·​an·​ic | \ ˌme-sē-ˈa-nik How to pronounce messianic (audio) \

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

Examples of messianic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In post-World War II America, in the wake of the destruction wrought by leaders like Hitler and Mussolini, companies were especially disinclined to seek CEOs with messianic complexes. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "A new book about humility in leadership arrives with excellent timing," 18 Nov. 2020 None of them could see that an order built on lies and propaganda around their messianic leadership was not destined to last. Federico Finchelstein, The New Republic, "It’s Already Happening Here," 3 Nov. 2020 The feral commitment of a Trump rally—or the messianic bombast of the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns—has clearly been judged too risky. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Reelection Campaign Is Total Camp," 30 Oct. 2020 The time of lies, impossible promises, and messianic leaders who pledge to fix everything is over. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "The Leadership Your Country Needs," 25 Aug. 2020 Thompson’s characters, from the gloating gaslighter Lou Ford to the messianic delusionist Nick Corey, echoed the paranoid thoughts, delusions and deceptions already patent in 1950s politics. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times," 6 Aug. 2020 Next, where a messianic founder chases a rogue A.I. Darren Franich,, "Why are all these science-fiction shows so awful?," 30 July 2020 Cantor added that Shelanu was a messianic Jewish channel even though it's affiliated with the evangelical God TV. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Israel pulls plug on evangelical Christian network channel, citing its appeal to Jews," 29 June 2020 Especially given Shiite messianic conceptions, the Iranian nuclear question is by far the most important matter in the Middle East, existential even for the United States. Mark Helprin, National Review, "American Foreign and Defense Policy: Between Scylla and Charybdis," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

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“Messianic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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