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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.


(ˌmɪlɪˈnɛərɪəˌnɪzəm) ,






1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the belief in a future millennium following the Second Coming of Christ during which he will reign on earth in peace: based on Revelation 20:1–5
2. any belief in a future period of ideal peace and happiness


1. the doctrine of Christ’s 1000-year kingdom.
2. a belief in the millennium; chiliasm. — millenarian, n., adj. — millenarist, n.
See also: Christ
See also: End of the World, Theology


A belief in a period in the future of 1,000 years when Jesus will come and rule the Earth. Millenarianism has produced sects which date the “end” and others which want to prepare people for Jesus’ coming by spreading religion.
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Noun1.millenarianism - belief in the Christian doctrine of the millennium mentioned in the Book of Revelationsmillenarianism - belief in the Christian doctrine of the millennium mentioned in the Book of Revelations
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group


[ˌmɪləˈnɛərɪənɪzəm] Nmilenarismo m
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