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

Examples of millenarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Apocalyptic or millenarian thinking is a fixture in the homeless community. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Homeless in a City Buffeted by Plague," 10 June 2020 To confront the premodern, millenarian strain running through Nazism and, not coincidentally, other 20th-century totalitarian ideologies would risk getting into territory that many historians prefer to avoid. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Two New Biographies Reexamine Hitler," 20 Feb. 2020 In their millenarian ardor and inflexible support for Israel, the neocons find themselves in a position precisely cognate to evangelical Christians—both groups of true believers trying to enact their vision through an apostate. Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, "The Neocons Strike Back," 23 Jan. 2020 This truism of an age when jihadist terror fuels nativist bigotry and preemptive wars swell the ranks of millenarian caliphates is also the structuring irony of Anyuru’s narrative. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 25 Nov. 2019 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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1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Millenarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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