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 Twenty years after Batman Returns, a vastly more successful Batman movie turned its own protagonist into a messianic legend, whose apparent martyrdom inspires a whole generation toward self-improvement. Darren Franich,, 20 Jan. 2022 The modern Communist Party stems from a brutal revolutionary regime that savaged the Chinese people, murdering millions through its messianic ambitions and sheer incompetence. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 Ever since, Chase has followed an affably messianic urge to bring modern music to a wider audience. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 But looking back at Lenin and Hitler, Mr. Hinds shows that when a nation is seduced into handing over broad discretion to a messianic figure, that nation seals its fate. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 But there is little sign at all that the Chinese government thinks in messianic terms about itself or aspires to conquer the world. Damon Linker, The Week, 21 Sep. 2021 Even if the movie's two sequels cribbed too much from the messianic-hero playbook, the good work was done. Joshua Rothkopf,, 21 Dec. 2021 Compare and contrast with The Wheel of Time, which opened with a Trolloc attack on a small village, repelled by a powerful wizard-woman in search of five young people believed to be the reincarnation of a messianic figure. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 There has always been a messianic streak in politics, obviously. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 9 Dec. 2021

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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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“Messianic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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