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Chiliasm \Chil"i*asm\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ?. See Chiliad.]

  1. The millennium.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from Latinized form of Greek khiliasmos, from khilias, from khilioi "a thousand, the number 1,000," which is of unknown origin; supposed by some to be related to Latin mille. The doctrine of the millennium, the opinion that Christ will reign in bodily presence on earth for 1,000 years. Related: Chiliast; chiliastic.


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


n. belief in the Christian doctrine of the millennium mentioned in the Book of Revelations [syn: millenarianism, millenniumism]

Usage examples of "chiliasm".

Docetism, Nicolaism, Gnosticism, Chiliasm, Manichaism, Monatism, Monarchism, Monophysitism, Monotheletism, Arianism, Nestorianism--every one of these terms means both a theory and a drama.

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The bathing beauty was out there somewhere, jostling Fefre and chiliasm for space on the channels, jockeying her anomalously presented hips.