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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Christianity The doctrine stating that Jesus will reign on earth for 1,000 years.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Belief in an earthly thousand-year period of peace and prosperity, sometimes equated with the return of Jesus for that period.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The millennium.
  • n. The doctrine of the personal reign of Christ on earth during the millennium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine, suggested by the 20th chapter of Revelation, of a visible and corporeal government of Christ and the saints on earth in the last days, continuing for a thousand years, preceded by a first resurrection of the righteous only, and succeeded by a final struggle between good and evil, a second resurrection, and the last judgment. See millenarianism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. belief in the Christian doctrine of the millennium mentioned in the Book of Revelations

Etymologies

New Latin chīliasmus, from Late Latin chīlias, chiliad; see chiliad.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek χιλιασμός (khiliasmos), from χίλιοι (chilioi, "thousand"). (Wiktionary)

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