messianism

noun
mes·​si·​a·​nism | \ˈme-sē-ə-ˌni-zəm; 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

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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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