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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Recent Examples on the Web But Pena’s acolytes often speak of him in nearly messianic tones. Los Angeles Times, "How a scrappy Chicano from L.A. came to own a Scottish castle," 19 Apr. 2021 The film will also delve into how WeWork’s founder, Adam Neumann, cultivated a messianic aura that masked the obvious shortcomings of his company. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Hulu Drops Trailer for New Documentary Delving Into the Implosion of WeWork," 17 Mar. 2021 Cohn, radiating messianic energy, described how, in 1986, Frazier had been the first surgeon to use the HeartMate successfully, as part of a clinical trial that lasted until 1993. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How to Build an Artificial Heart," 1 Mar. 2021 The quasi-messianic notion that Trump fights for us all, and asks for nothing in return also helped the rally speakers articulate the crowd’s end of the bargain: Now the loving great leader needs us to fight for him. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "Feeling Trump’s Pain," 11 Jan. 2021 To others, though, Abiy is an all-too-familiar style of leader -- a populist and devout Pentacostalist whose near-messianic belief in his destiny to rule has brought Ethiopia to the brink of civil war. Simon Marks,, "Ethiopia's Leader Won a Nobel Prize, but Can He Make Peace?," 18 Dec. 2020 In post-World War II America, in the wake of the destruction wrought by leaders like Hitler and Mussolini, companies were especially disinclined to seek CEOs with messianic complexes. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "A new book about humility in leadership arrives with excellent timing," 18 Nov. 2020 None of them could see that an order built on lies and propaganda around their messianic leadership was not destined to last. Federico Finchelstein, The New Republic, "It’s Already Happening Here," 3 Nov. 2020 The feral commitment of a Trump rally—or the messianic bombast of the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns—has clearly been judged too risky. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Reelection Campaign Is Total Camp," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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1 May 2021

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“Messianic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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