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
Recent Examples of messianic from the Web
Owens has a messianic ability to message hope in humanity in the midst of the apocalypse.
So, in the world of The Leftovers, there’s probably 50,000 people walking around having messianic things attributed to them, including Kevin Sr.
This was a boost to uncompromising nationalistic visions on both sides, giving birth to a messianic settler movement and violent strains of Palestinian terrorism.
First, tone down the messianic predictions of peace in our time.
The first half is messianic, hinting at a salvation long prayed for, and the second half sounds like a software company.
His father was revered because of his revival of messianic sentiment in Iraq.
Biblical scholars have long been perplexed by two Messianic mysteries.
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Origin and Etymology of messianic
probably from French messianique, from messianisme
First Known Use: circa 1794See Words from the same year
MESSIANIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of messianic for English Language Learners
: 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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