variants or 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parousia was in 1781

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Cite this Entry

“Parousia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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