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 (mĕs′ē-ə-nĭz′əm, mĭ-sī′-)
1. Belief in a messiah.
2. Belief that a particular cause or movement is destined to triumph or save the world.
3. Zealous devotion to a leader, cause, or movement.

mes′si·a·nist n.


1. a belief in a Messiah coming to deliver the Jews, restore Israel, and rule righteously, first mentioned by the Prophet Isaiah.
2. the Christian belief that Jesus Christ was the Messiah prophesied.
3. the vocation of a Messiah. — Messianic, adj.
See also: Judaism
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Atwood's discussion of Polish Messianism borders on the trivial and does not even mention the most important programmatic text of the movement, Adam Mickiewicz's Ksiegi narodu i pielgrzymstwa polskiego (The Books of the Polish Nation and of the Polish Pilgrims), published in 1832.
We also learn about the pope's Carmelite mysticism, his intense prayer life, his most cherished teachings, and the extent to which Polish messianism led him to believe that Poland would become a beacon for the conversion of Europe in a post-Communist world.
This concept of Polish messianism is rooted in Polish Romantic literature of the 19th century.