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chiliast Syllabification: chil·i·ast
Pronunciation: /ˈkilēˌast/

Definition of chiliast in English:


Another term for millenarian.
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈkilēˌazəm/
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.’
Pronunciation: /ˌkilēˈastik/
Example sentences
  • This paper presents an analysis of the impact of the group's chiliastic commitments upon its career.
  • The chiliastic Utopias have for the most part disappeared under the influence of the enlightenment and secularism.
  • The majority of the Anabaptists in the first generation, as well as in later generations, did not exhibit chiliastic tendencies.


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

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