Definition of millenarianism in English:



mass noun
  • 1The doctrine of or belief in a future (and typically imminent) thousand-year age of blessedness, beginning with or culminating in the Second Coming of Christ. It is central to the teaching of groups such as Adventists, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

    • ‘A diffuse, volatile blend of everything from anarchism to religious millenarianism, it continued to mark working-class movements up to and including Chartism.’
    • ‘Because of its concern with imminent change, millenarianism appealed to radical reformers and could be secularized into utopianism.’
    • ‘Thompson expertly unravels a tangled tale suffused with Victorian mores, millenarianism and frontier idealism.’
    • ‘As the recent research of Warren Johnston has shown, after 1660 providentialism and millenarianism were still vibrant and robust means for understanding the meaning of contemporary events.’
    • ‘In other words, the revival of religious millenarianism was a pre-patterned localised response to the social rifts and cultural crisis induced by French colonialism.’
    • ‘Their commitment to improving the human lot through a fuller knowledge of nature was closely connected with their millenarianism.’
    1. 1.1 Belief in a future utopian period.