messianism

noun
mes·​si·​a·​nism | \ ˈme-sē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce messianism (audio) ; mə-ˈsī-ə-, me- \

Definition of messianism

1 : belief in a messiah as the savior of humankind
2 : religious devotion to an ideal or cause

Examples of messianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take the all-quadrant pandering and formulas of old-school network TV, add in the messianism of a telethon, and swirl in some Reddit-friendly raunch and crassness, and set it all to hyperspeed. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "All the Worst Parts of TV, Condensed!," 11 Apr. 2020 Republican and conservative politics of late has had its own version of messianism, expressed as rage at the party’s Washington establishment of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, or as refusal to be associated with the Trump presidency. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Godfather of Tax Reform," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of messianism

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for messianism

French messianisme, from messie messiah + -anisme (as in christianisme Christianity)

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“Messianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/messianism. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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