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[puh-roo-zee-uh, -see-uh, pahr-oo-see-uh]
  1. advent(def 4).
  2. (lowercase) Platonism. the presence in any thing of the idea after which it was formed.
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Origin of Parousia

1870–75; < Greek parousía a being present, presence, equivalent to par- par- + ous- (stem of ôn, present participle of eînai to be) + -ia -ia
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Historical Examples of parousia

  • They betray the conviction that the time of the parousia is near.

    Sources of the Synoptic Gospels

    Carl S. Patton

  • They also betray the expectation of the early coming of the parousia.

  • Luke (xvii, 34) wishes to suggest that the parousia may occur in the night.

  • Furthermore, it is not only in the earlier epistles that expressions occur which seem to suggest that the Parousia is near.

  • The thought of an incarnation or a parousia of Wisdom is absolutely foreign to Jewish thought.

British Dictionary definitions for parousia


  1. Christianity another term for the Second Coming
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Word Origin for parousia

C19: from Greek: presence
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Word Origin and History for parousia



"Second Coming," a reference to Matt. xxiv:27, 1875, from Greek parousia, literally "presence," from para- (see para- (1)) + ousia "essence," from on, genitive ontos, present participle of einai "to be" (see ion).

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