par·​ou·​sia | \ ˌpär-ü-ˈsē-ə How to pronounce parousia (audio) , pə-ˈrü-zē-ə How to pronounce parousia (audio) \
variants: or Parousia

Definition of parousia

in Christian theology
: the time when Jesus Christ will return to judge humanity at the end of the world : second coming Christians around A.D. 64 anxiously awaited the parousia, Jesus Christ's imminent Second Coming.— Tom Mueller In a word, everything hinges on the interpretation, or rather, re-interpretation of the parousia, that is, the time of the arrival of the Messiah.— Otto Rank … treading the paths of history in order to come at last to the Parousia.States News Service

First Known Use of parousia

1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parousia

Greek, literally, presence, from paront-, parōn, present participle of pareinai to be present, from para- + einai to be — more at is

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“Parousia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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