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[pree-mi-len-ee-uh l]
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  1. of or relating to the period preceding the millennium.
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Origin of premillennial

First recorded in 1840–50; pre- + millennial
Related formspre·mil·len·ni·al·ly, adverb
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  1. of or relating to the period preceding the millennium
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Word Origin and History for premillennial


1829, "before the millennium," especially in theological sense of "before the Second Coming of Christ;" from pre- + millennial. Premillenarian, one who believes the second coming of Christ will precede the Millennium, is from 1842. Related: Premillenialism.

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