mes·​si·​ah | \ mə-ˈsī-ə How to pronounce messiah (audio) \

Definition of messiah

1 capitalized
a : the expected king and deliverer of the Jews
2 : a professed or accepted leader of some hope or cause security, which the political messiahs promise— Vardis Fisher

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Other Words from messiah

messiahship \ mə-​ˈsī-​ə-​ˌship How to pronounce messiah (audio) \ noun

Examples of messiah in a Sentence

They thought the new principal was the messiah the school had been hoping for.
Recent Examples on the Web Only a messiah, after all, can claim to have monopoly control of the truth. Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Garfield plays Link, a charismatic bum who becomes a chaotic YouTube messiah after being discovered by Maya Hawke's Frankie. Anne Cohen,, 7 Apr. 2021 And between 2017 and 2021, the network served as de facto state television for Donald Trump, treating him as a magisterial Dear Leader figure, and a kind of political messiah. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 The Panthers fired one. King, more than anyone else, fit Hoover’s fear of a Black messiah. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021 Hoover worried that King, who was widely regarded as the moral leader of the nation, would become the Black messiah. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Jan. 2021 At his introductory news conference, a reporter revealed to Harbaugh that others had called him a savior, and yes, even a messiah. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 9 Jan. 2021 Many who meet Goldenbaum are reacting to the apparent conflict in his full name — while his last name is stereotypically Jewish, his first name contains the name of the Christian messiah. Josefin Dolsten,, 14 Oct. 2020 Velasquez, who was born in El Salvador and is a DACA recipient, said that many members of his church had sided with the Republican Party in the past, and that some even saw Trump as a messiah. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of messiah

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for messiah

Hebrew māshīaḥ & Aramaic mĕshīḥā, literally, anointed

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30 Apr 2021

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“Messiah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of messiah

Judaism : a king who will be sent by God to save the Jews
Christianity : Jesus Christ
: a person who is expected to save people from a very bad situation

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