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

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Some say the intense devotion to Presley constitutes not just reverence but worship, and that his life bears messianic parallels. al, "The cult of Elvis lives on: Presley died 42 years ago," 16 Aug. 2019 From Home, that messianic awe has viralized global. Darren Franich,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 24 June 2018 Ex-Creed singer Scott Stapp was once a troubled frontman whose public battles with mental illness, substance abuse, and his own messianic reputation made his name synonymous with the ego and bloat of late ‘90s rock. Allison Stewart,, "Scott Stapp is all better now, and there might even be a Creed comeback in his looming future," 17 June 2019 Your messianic militarism will completely disappear; the world will only breathe a sigh of relief. John Cullen, Harper's magazine, "Donald Trump Is a Good President," 10 Jan. 2019 But befitting a spiritual man whose art was nourished by Judaism, Catholicism and Buddhism, Cohen attracts a form of devotion here that can border on the messianic. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal?," 6 Mar. 2018 Few movements are better funded and coordinated or more messianic than the environmental left. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "They Won’t Sink Zinke," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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