Definition of preterist in US English:

preterist

(also praeterist)

noun

  • 1Theology. A person who believes that the eschatological prophecies of the Bible were fulfilled in the first cent. (or the first two, three, or four centuries) a.d.

  • 2A person whose chief interest is in the past; a person who favours the past or past beliefs.

adjective

  • Theology. Of or relating to the belief that the eschatological prophecies of the Bible have already been fulfilled.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Faber (1773–1854), Church of England clergyman and religious writer. From preter- + -ist.

Pronunciation

preterist

/ˈprɛtərɪst/