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Vocabulary Lesson

Today’s word, courtesy of the New York Review of Books: chiliastic.

It’s nothing to do with superb Texas spicy beef dishes, and it’s not pronounced that way (it’s “kill-ee-as-tik”). It actually means “millenarian,” or pertaining to the belief Christ will return to rule for a thousand years.

Etymologically, it’s Greek, which you can see if you spell it more phonetically–it comes from khilioi (“a thousand”)–the same root we use for “kilometer.”

I don’t know when you’d use this word, but I liked it and wanted to share.