messianic

adjective mes·si·an·ic \ ˌme-sē-ˈa-nik \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of messianic

probably from French messianique, from messianisme

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MESSIANIC Defined for English Language Learners

messianic

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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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