preterist

[ pret-er-ist ]
/ ˈprɛt ər ɪst /
Theology

noun

a person who maintains that the prophecies in the Apocalypse have already been fulfilled.Compare futurist(def 2), presentist.

adjective

of or relating to the preterists.

Nearby words

  1. pretension,
  2. pretensive,
  3. pretentious,
  4. preter-,
  5. preterhuman,
  6. preterit,
  7. preterite,
  8. preterition,
  9. preteritive,
  10. preterlegal

Origin of preterist

First recorded in 1960–65; preter- + -ist

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Word Origin and History for preterist

preterist

n.

"one who favors the past," 1864 (as a theological term from 1843, "one who holds that the Apocalyptic prophecies have begun to be fulfilled"), from preter- + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper