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Published: 1st September 2021

Citation: Astronist Institution. (2021). Returnism. Available: Last accessed [enter date e.g. 1st Sept 2021].


noun  Astroeschatology

a prophecy central to much Astronist thought asserting that it is the destiny of humanity to return to the astronomical world by means of transcension on the basis that life is regarded to have originated from the astronomical world rather than on Earth itself.


Returnist | rɪˈ təː nɪst | adjective & noun
Returnistic | rɪˈ təː nɪstɪk | adjective
Returnistically | rɪˈ təː nɪstɪk(ə)li | adverb


Astro-English: from Astronese, the word return indeed refers to a “movement back, especially to a state, place or mode of thinking that had been previously occupied”; the suffix -ism is used here to denote “a formalised belief”, altogether then meaning “the belief that humanity is destined to return to the astronomical world as the place of humanity’s origins as an act of self-discovery.”

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