Messiah definition

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(christianity, person, proper) Jesus, regarded as the realization of the prophecy that the Messiah would come and, hence, called the Christ.
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(judaism, proper) The promised and expected deliverer of the Jews, who will bring an era of peace and justice.
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The anticipated savior of the Jews. Used with the.
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An extremely powerful divine figure.
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A saviour or liberator of a group of people.
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The promised and expected savior or liberator of the Jewish people.
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(Christianity) Jesus.
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Any expected savior or liberator of a people or country.
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(Abrahamic tradition) The one who is ordained by God to lead the people of Israel, believed by Muslims and Christians to be Jesus Christ.

Baha'is consider Bahaullah to be a messiah.

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The definition of a messiah is a savior or leader for some cause.

An example of the Messiah is Jesus Christ.

An example of a messiah is a savior who will come and deliver the Jewish people from persecution.

An example of a messiah is political leader who the conservatives believe is the answer to all of the world's problems.

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(christianity) Jesus. Used with the.
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One who is anticipated as, regarded as, or professes to be a savior or liberator.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
messiah
Plural:
messiahs

Origin of messiah

  • Middle English Messias, Messie from Old French Messie from Late Latin Messīās from Greek from Aramaic məšiḥā the anointed one (from məšaḥ to anoint) or Hebrew māšîaḥ anointed (from māšaḥ to anoint) mšḥ in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin Messias, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek Μεσσίας (Messias), from Aramaic [script?] (měšīḥā), from Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (mashíach, “anointed").

    From Wiktionary