-enni-, -ennial, -ennium

(Latin: year, years)

aere perennius (Latin phrase)
Literally, copper or bronze through the year; and by extension: durable, lasting: In the Bronze Age, aere perennius metal represented permanence, since bronze tools were so much less brittle than the stone implements of earlier times.

When a Roman spoke of something as being aere perennius, or "more durable than bronze", he meant that it would last forever.

amillennialism (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. A religious belief that there is no millennium, neither figurative nor literal.
2. A figurative belief of what is called the "church age" during which Jesus literally will rule on the Earth after the church age; that is, Jesus will rule in the hearts and lives of the believers from the birth of the church until his Second Coming.
3. Etymology: from Greek a-, "no" + Latin millennium, "thousand years" = "no millennium".

During the millennium, persecution will continue, though Satan has no real power over the church because Christ already defeated him on Calvary.

The tribulation represents the church persecution throughout the millennium. At some point in the future, Jesus will return and initiate a final judgment and eternity.

It is believed that Christ is even now reigning or there is "nunc-millennialism" (nunc means "now") at the right hand of God over His church.

After this present age has ended, Christ will return and immediately usher the church into their eternal state after judging the wicked.

Eschatology is the study of the eschaton which is equated with "last things". While other views focus on the final days of humans on earth, amillennialism sees "the last things" as having been initiated at Christ's resurrection and so, being applicable from the earliest days of the Christian church.

From the amillennialist perspective, the whole of God's redemptive revelation is twofold: promise and fulfillment. It also emphasizes that a strict-literal interpretation of the Old Testament is not necessarily the most accurate way of determining what the text means.

annual, annual, annul, perennial
annual (AN yoo uhl) (adjective)
1. Yearly, occurring every year or once a year: Most people have an annual birthday celebration.
2. A plant that lives for only one year or season: Pearl planted some annual flowers in front of her house.
annual (AN yoo uhl) (noun)
A publication; such as, a journal or magazine, that is published only once each year: Wilma just received the annual publication about new words that have been created this year.
annul (uh NUHL) (verb)
To cancel; to invalidate, to rescind: The contract was annulled because it was not legally signed by both parties.
perennial (puh REN ee uhl) (adjective)
1. Lasting through the year; that is, continuous: Perennial air pollution continues to cause problems in many major cities of the world.
2. Lasting indefinitely; perpetual, continual: Lydia is sitting there with that perennial grin on her face.
3. In botany, having a life span of more than two years; such as, a recurring plant: There are many perennial plants that produce flowers every year.

It is that annual time of year when Tara plants several new perennial flowers in her garden.

Greg chose this year’s annuals and perennials from the new seed and flower catalog which he received on an annual basis. Last year, he had to annul his old subscription for a different catalog.

biannual, biennial, perennial
biannual (bigh AN yoo uhl) (adjective)
Occurring twice a year; semiannual: The family got together on a biannual basis to celebrate birthdays.
biennial (bigh EN ee uhl) (adjective)
Occurring every two years: Electing senators occurs on a biennial basis.
perennial (puh REN ee uhl) (adjective)
Persistent over a period of several years; continuing without interruption: The flowers in the border around the garden were of a perennial nature, ensuring bright colors year after year.

Edna's country cousins come to visit on a biannual basis; however, her cousins who live across the ocean come here on biennial trips. It is always great fun to garden together; Jane and Carmen like to plant perennial flowers which will be in bloom whenever their cousins come to visit them.

bicentennial (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Relating to the 200th anniversary of an event or happening.
2. Something that happens every two hundred (200) years.
bicentennial (s)l (noun), bicentennials (pl)
The 200th anniversary of a happening or an event.
1. Happening every two years.
2. Used to describe a plant that lives for two years and produces flowers and fruit in the second year.

Note: biannual means "twice a year"; which is, within the same year.

biennium (s) (noun), biennia, bienniums (pl)
A period of two years.
The 100th anniversary of an event or happening.
A century or one hundred consecutive years, reckoning from a specific date.

It also refers to a hundred things of the same kind collectively.

A period of ten years; such as, decennary periods, reviews, surveys, etc.