messianism

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mes·si·a·nism

 (mĕs′ē-ə-nĭz′əm, mĭ-sī′-)
n.
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.

Messianism

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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Maciej Stasinski of the liberal newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza was similarly critical: "Trump behaved like a cynical dealer in the relics of Polish Messianism, and the PiS masses lapped it up with a degree of delight that betrays their eternal victim complex.
Garsztecki follows Cichocki's essay with a comprehensive comparative inquiry into Polish Messianism, and particularly Mickiewicz's messianic impulses, and German Romantic Sendungsbewusstsein.
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.
Cyprian Norwid (1821-83) in particular rejected Mickiewicz's Polish Messianism, but Norwid's poetry remained unpublished until fifty years after his death.
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.
Micinski studied at the University of Krakow and was influenced by Polish messianism and by Friedrich Nietzsche and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.