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[kil-ee-az-uh m]
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noun Theology.
  1. the doctrine of Christ's expected return to reign on earth for 1000 years; millennialism.
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Origin of chiliasm

1600–10; < Greek chīliasmós, equivalent to chī́li(oi) 1000 + -asmos, variant of -ismos -ism before stems ending in -i-
Related formschil·i·ast [kil-ee-ast] /ˈkɪl iˌæst/, nounchil·i·as·tic, adjective
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  1. Christian theol another term for millenarianism, millennium
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Derived Formschiliast, nounchiliastic, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Greek khiliasmos, from khilioi a thousand
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Word Origin and History for chiliastic



c.1600, from Latinized form of Greek khiliasmos, from khilias, from khilioi "a thousand, the number 1,000," of unknown origin; supposed by some to be related to Latin mille. The doctrine of the millennium, the opinion that Christ will reign in bodily presence on earth for 1,000 years. Related: Chiliast; chiliastic.

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