messianic

adjective
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 Framing her as a prophet has opened the floodgates to all sorts of messianic theories. Ellen Boucher, Quartz, "The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet," 17 Dec. 2019 This inclines them to the view that the world is and should be ever more interconnected, and they are often fired by a near-messianic certitude that this trend is associated with the spread of all that is true and good. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019 The notion of governments being suspicious of a messianic personality -- and the effects of modern mass media -- add intriguing wrinkles to the series. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Messiah' asks provocative questions, without giving many answers," 30 Dec. 2019 The fandom for Hollywood franchises has gone religious, so the narratives themselves embrace a messianic mode. Darren Franich, EW.com, "2019 was the year that everything ended in pop culture," 29 Dec. 2019 In an era when coaches are supposed to be obsessional, visionary philosophers, imbued by fans and news media with almost messianic, transformative powers, Allegri runs a little against the grain. Rory Smith, New York Times, "He Can Have Any Job He Wants. Right Now, He Doesn’t Want One.," 20 Dec. 2019 Framing her as a prophet has opened the floodgates to all sorts of messianic theories. Ellen Boucher, Quartz, "The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet," 17 Dec. 2019 As with so many Latin American caudillos before him, his messianic complex and his desire to remain in power indefinitely largely explain his undoing. Ryan C. Berg, National Review, "Morales’s Bolivia: Autocracy, Corruption, Waste," 25 Nov. 2019 Framing her as a prophet has opened the floodgates to all sorts of messianic theories. Ellen Boucher, Quartz, "The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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23 Jan 2020

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“Messianic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/messianic?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=messia03. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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messianic

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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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