mes·si·a·nism (mĕsē-ə-nĭz′əm, mĭ-sī-)
1. Belief in a messiah.
2. Belief that a particular cause or movement is destined to triumph or save the world.
3. Zealous devotion to a leader, cause, or movement.
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