Definitions

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  • n. A figure of speech by which the present tense is used instead of the past or the future, as in the animated narration of past events or the prediction of future ones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A figure of speech by which the present tense is used instead of the past or the future, as in the animated narration of past, or in the prediction of future, events.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric, the use of the present tense instead of the past or future, as in a vivid narration of a past or prediction of a future event.
  • n. The nativity.
  • n. The second advent.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek παρουσία (prousia, "presence").

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