Definition of millenarian in US English:



  • 1Relating to or believing in Christian millenarianism.

    • ‘This is the more surprising given the many build-up signs anticipating much greater outbursts of millenarian fervor around the year 2000.’
    • ‘What realism cannot do is offer the same kind of millenarian hope that is the essential DNA of idealism.’
    • ‘It emphasized sin, regeneration, and grace, and had a mystical, millenarian content.’
    • ‘It foundered long before its appointed sixteen-month term because an aggressive minority within it tried to steer it towards an over-radical reform of the law and a millenarian rule of the saints.’
    • ‘One only needs direct access to the Gospels unmediated by historical traditions and unencumbered by church doctrines to find there the paradigmatic model of a successful millenarian cult.’
    • ‘All apocalyptic and millenarian ideologies ultimately converge on the utopian transformation of the body through suffering.’
    • ‘The author does not neglect the more exotic apocalyptic and millenarian episodes.’
    • ‘The actions and ideas inspired by millenarian radicalism in the early Restoration drew reproach from many.’
    • ‘There has already been speculation from the apocalyptically inclined about how a Gibsonian reading of the Popol Vuh might dovetail with Christian millenarian prophecies of the End Times.’
    • ‘If the turn of the second millennium was not unlike the first in its lack of eschatological millenarian fervor, the end of the 20th century was much unlike the end of the 19th century.’
    • ‘The celebration of the second millennium became now a millenarian goal in itself.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting a religious or political group seeking solutions to present crises through rapid and radical transformation of politics and society.
      • ‘Economists are exposed by climatologists as utopian fantasists, the leaders of a millenarian cult as mad as, and far more dangerous than, any religious fundamentalism.’
      • ‘But he discovered other groups who were far from being like the Baptists of the seventeenth century, such as the millenarian Munster radicals.’
      • ‘Similar prophecies had frequently surfaced in Italian millenarian movements during the late medieval and Renaissance periods.’
      • ‘The Plague offers a salutary counterweight to such utopian longings and millenarian consolations.’
      • ‘The attempt to act in accordance with a system of ideas is invariably denounced as ideological, fanatical, utopian or millenarian.’
      • ‘Theories of the new terrorism were that it would be something that would be in the service of universal and global ambitions, many of which would be religious or millenarian.’
      • ‘It was then that I first began to doubt the millenarian promises of Marxism.’


  • A person who believes in the doctrine of the millennium.

    • ‘Scenario planners, millenarians and apocalypticians thrive on predicting extreme - usually final - events.’
    • ‘Weber has read one great slate of unhappiness, history as written by sects and prophets, millenarians, chiliasts, and televangelists.’
    • ‘As millenarians they are prone to get seduced quite easily into an ends justifying the means approach which, allied with large doses of cognitive dissonance, lead to some remarkable statements.’
    • ‘Yes, many of the early Church Fathers were millenarians, and so were some later Catholics and Protestants.’
    • ‘Far from waiting around resignedly for Christ's arrival, millenarians believed the godly Christian must prepare for Christ's advent by building paradise on earth.’


Mid 17th century: from late Latin millenarius (see millenary) + -an.