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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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On Dostoevskii's national messianism, see James Scanlan, Dostoevsky the Thinker (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002), chap.
Nils Roemer traces the ways in which German Enlightenment thinkers, including Kant, Dohm, and Michaelis, strove to distinguish Jewish messianism from their secularizing of Christian messianism into a vision of universal progress.
With the mathematical messianism of the engineer, he established within his company a "sociological department," a weird combination of beneficence and Big Brother, which sent investigators to each worker's house to check up on its cleanliness, to ask neighbors about whether the worker drank, to poke into his finances to see how much he was saving, and to see what time he was in bed each night.
From the retroperspective of two centuries later, neo-Platonic, neo-Romantic, neo-Hegelian eschatological impulses, intensified by a curiously mixed utopianist-pessimist messianism, appear as Weimar culture's most transhistorically relevant, transferable aspect--and therefore its most seductive feature.
He seems to have all the narcissism but none of the messy messianism of Newcombe.
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In his own essay, Roger Shinn emphasizes the Christian realists' call for modesty and an avoidance of messianism or ideological crusading in a nation's foreign policy.
Although he had no time for bombastic Zionist messianism, and was openly contemptuous of orthodox religion, he felt, in his wars and his peace, that he was living the Bible.
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