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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.]

pret′er·ist n.
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the belief that the prophecies of the book of Revelation have already come to pass. — preterist, n., adj.
See also: Christianity
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