[puh-roo-zee-uh, -see-uh, pahr-oo-see-uh]


(lowercase) Platonism. the presence in any thing of the idea after which it was formed.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parousia

Historical Examples of parousia

British Dictionary definitions for parousia



Christianity another term for the Second Coming

Word Origin for parousia

C19: from Greek: presence
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 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper