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  • n. One who followed the calculations of William Miller or his followers than the world would end October 22, 1844; when it didn't, the Great Disappointment occurred. The subsequent denominations his movement spawned include the Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and the (Campbellite) Restorationists.
  • n. A resident of any community known as Miller; often specifically a resident of Miller Beach, in Gary, Indiana

Etymologies

Miller +‎ -ite (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is reported that while the "Millerite" or Adventist excitement of 1843 was agitating certain parts of North America, in one place at least a little band of white-robed people ascended a hill in sure expectation of the Second

    What Necessity Knows

  • At the time when the Millerite craze was at its height, and the end of the world was expected momentarily, some of the believers abandoned all work and neglected their crops, in view of the approaching catastrophe.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Remembering Lysander Spooner:

  • She also became an itinerant preacher—influenced by a Millerite religious sect—as well as an abolitionist and feminist.

    Ar'n't We Women? Reflections on Sojourner Truth

  • Founder of the American Journal of Insanity, Brigham wrote about the influence of evangelism on mental health because he was worried that the contemporary Millerite revivalist movement posed the threat “greater than malaria” of what he called “religious insanity.”

    American Connections

  • The Adventists belong to the apocalyptic Millerite movement that has been predicting the imminent end of the world for more than 150 years.

    No sects, please

  • Irvine's previous novel, A Scattering of Jades, combined Mammoth Cave, Aaron Burr, and P.T. Barnum with Aztec mummies and the Millerite apocalypse; it felt heftier than OKOS does, and its magic captured the True Powers Feel of "I know how this works, but if I told you straight out your eyes would melt, so I'm just going to describe it allusively" somewhat better.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • Millerite phrenzy, and how some men of pretty sound mind were carried away with it, remarks to this effect: "Religious delusion is like a famine fever, which attacks first the hungry and emaciated, but in its progress cuts down many of the well-fed and robust."

    The Growth of Thought As Affecting the Progress of Society

  • The "Races of Man," by Dr. Knox, is what is called a clever book; the Yankees might style it "smart;" but it is no more entitled to consideration as an exhibition of scholarship, intellectual strength, or fairness, than the rigmarole of the Millerite or the Mormon.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851

  • Millerite and give away all her things an 'climbed up on to the house roof expectin' the end of the world an 'to be caught up into Glory -- only she fell off the roof an' broke her hip an 'the world didn't come to an end anyway.

    The Mission of Janice Day

  • He had been, by successive seizures, a Seventh Day Baptist, a Second Adventist, a Millerite, a

    Keziah Coffin

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