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[mes-ee-uh-niz-uh m, muh-sahy-uh-]
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  1. (often initial capital letter) the belief in the coming of the Messiah, or a movement based on this belief.
  2. the belief in a leader, cause, or ideology as a savior or deliverer.
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Origin of messianism

1875–80; < Late Latin Messīān-, stem of Messīās Messiah + -ism
Related formsmes·si·a·nist, Mes·si·a·nist, noun
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