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

  • n. The Second Coming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The nativity of our Lord.
  • n. The last day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See parusia.

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

  • n. (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment


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

Greek parousiā, presence, Parousia, from parousa, feminine present participle of pareinai, to be present : para-, beside; see para-1 + einai, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.


  • One might inquire more deeply as to why Heidegger insists upon translating the various words for being which he finds among the Greeks, such as Physis and Parousia, by the German word Anwesen presence.

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  • Allison's own solution is helpful, and not at all surprising for Liberal Christians: treat the Gospels as we treat Genesis, recognize that the Parousia is a parable.

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  • Thinking Christians should not behave as if the Parousia was a genuine possibility (Anthony and Richard Hanson, in Reasonable Belief (Oxford University Press, 1981) p.196).

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  • For those not theologically trained, the Parousia is a technical term for the 'second coming of Jesus'.

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  • Advent blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of getting ready for the birth of Christ.

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  • Advent ( "Parousia" in Greek) is a four-week period of penitence in which we contemplate both the Advent of the Lord (i.e. the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem) and His Second Advent (the Second Coming, when this world will end).

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  • St Paul does not mean to specify when the "Parousia" or second coming of Christ will take place (cf.

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  • And they get into a world sort of seedy world, really, of drugs and partying, which seems to be what Parousia is in an underworld.

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  • These two girls show up in Parousia to learn Italian and have a good time.

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  • Ms. BROWN: The crime was a particularly unsettling one, which was two exchange students go to Parousia to study abroad.

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