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[ mi-len-ee-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ mɪˈlɛn i əˌlɪz əm /


a belief in the millennium.

Nearby words

millenarian, millenarianism, millenary, millennial, millennial church, millennialism, millennium, millennium bridge, millennium bug, millepede, millepore

Origin of millennialism

First recorded in 1905–10; millennial + -ism
Also called mil·le·nar·i·an·ism [mil-uh-nair-ee-uh-niz-uh m] /ˌmɪl əˈnɛər i əˌnɪz əm/.
Related formsmil·len·ni·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for millenarianism

  • In its place arose a belief which developed into Chiliasm or Millenarianism.

    The Transformation of Early Christianity from an Eschatological to a Socialized Movement|Lyford Paterson Edwards
  • Some form of Millenarianism—a reign of the saints on earth—would seem to be the natural form for Jewish hopes to take.

British Dictionary definitions for millenarianism


/ (ˌmɪlɪˈnɛərɪəˌnɪzəm) /


Christianity the belief in a future millennium following the Second Coming of Christ during which he will reign on earth in peace: based on Revelation 20:1–5
any belief in a future period of ideal peace and happiness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for millenarianism



1906, from millennial + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper