messianism

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noun mes·si·a·nism \ˈme-sē-ə-ˌni-zəm; mə-ˈsī-ə-, me-\

Definition of messianism

  1. 1 :  belief in a messiah as the savior of humankind

  2. 2 :  religious devotion to an ideal or cause

Origin and Etymology of messianism

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


First Known Use: 1867


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