[ puh-roo-zee-uh, -see-uh, pahr-oo-see-uh ]
/ pəˈru zi ə, -si ə, ˌpɑr uˈsi ə /


(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

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British Dictionary definitions for parousia


/ (pəˈruːsɪə) /


Christianity another term for the Second Coming

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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