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1. Of or relating to a thousand, especially to a thousand years.
2. Of, relating to, or believing in the doctrine of the millennium.
One who believes the millennium will occur.

mil′le·nar′i·an·ism n.


(ˌmɪlɪˈnɛərɪən) or


1. of or relating to a thousand or to a thousand years
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to the millennium or millenarianism
(Ecclesiastical Terms) an adherent of millenarianism


(ˌmɪl əˈnɛər i ən)

adj. n.
2. a believer in the millennium.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.millenarian - a person who believes in the coming of the millennium (a time of great peace and prosperity)millenarian - a person who believes in the coming of the millennium (a time of great peace and prosperity)
optimist - a person disposed to take a favorable view of things
Adj.1.millenarian - relating to or believing in the millennium of peace and happiness


[ˌmɪləˈneərɪən] ADJmilenario


adj (Rel) → millenaristisch, chiliastisch
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