Origin: Ar mahdīy, one guided aright from hadā, to lead aright
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noun pl. Mah·dis Islam
- a. The messiah prophesied to appear at the world's end and establish a reign of peace and righteousness.b. In Shia belief, the 12th imam, who is expected to emerge from occlusion to fulfill this role.
- A person who claims to be or is seen as the messiah.
Origin: Arabic mahdī, rightly guided one, Mahdi, passive participle of hadā, to lead; see hdy in Semitic roots.
- Mahˈdism noun
- Mahˈdist noun