mil·​le·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌmi-lə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce millenarian (audio) \

Definition of millenarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to belief in a millennium
2 : of or relating to 1000 years



Definition of millenarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that believes in a millennium

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The Bolsheviks were a millenarian sect if ever there was one, as Mr. Slezkine, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrates. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "The Road to Red October," 29 Sep. 2017 The second was sheer magnitude: history had known many other millenarian sects, but not on this scale. Marci Shore, New York Times, "The Russian Revolution Recast as an Epic Family Tragedy," 18 Aug. 2017 Millenarian fanatics with their eyes on armageddon and the afterlife will happily wait us out a little longer if need be. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "The Trump Doctrine in Afghanistan: Let the Generals Handle It," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of millenarian


1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1661, in the meaning defined above

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