Definition of chiliast in English:

chiliast

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɪlɪast
 
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noun

  • another term for millenarian.
    More example sentences
    • In the end, this is the argument that Origen made to his Jewish critics (and to Christian chiliasts): their view of what it means for the prophecies to be fulfilled is too restricted.
    • Weber has read one great slate of unhappiness, history as written by sects and prophets, millenarians, chiliasts, and televangelists.
    • The early Montanists, it turns out, were not chiliasts and were never criticized for being so.

Derivatives

chiliasm

noun
More example sentences
  • As Abdel Aziz Sachedina has noted in his Islamic Messianism, the Antichrist motif is also present in Shi'ite chiliasm.
  • At the end of the time when the cycle of chiliasms shall be exhausted, the complete paradise will come.
  • This teaching is known as chiliasm, from the Greek chiliasmos, meaning ‘a thousand years.’

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek khiliastēs, from khilias 'a thousand years', from khilioi 'thousand'.

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