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A Christian doctrine holding that at least some of the apocalyptic prophecies in the Bible describe events that occurred within the first century after Jesus's death, rather than events that lie still in the future.
[Latin praeter, beyond, past; see preterite + -ism.]
1. a person interested in the past
2. (Theology) theol a person who believes the Biblical prophecies of the Apocalypse have been fulfilled
(Theology) of the belief that the Biblical prophecies of the Apocalypse have been fulfilled