messiah

noun

mes·​si·​ah mə-ˈsī-ə How to pronounce messiah (audio)
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 promiseVardis Fisher
messiahship 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 At the time of Jesus’ execution, there were a dozen of other messiahs active in Judea. John Hopewell, Variety, 13 Oct. 2023 Rather than devoting himself to Jesus and his cause though, Clarence sees another way: Becoming a messiah himself. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 29 Aug. 2023 LaKeith Stanfield goes from biblical-era everyman to rising messiah in the first trailer for TriStar and Legendary Pictures’ The Book of Clarence. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2023 Unlike a lot of self-help gurus, yogis and crackpot messiahs who rose to prominence in the early-1970s age of weird, Geller endured and his cultural impact proved both singular and lasting. David Segal, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2023 The former captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team is seen as a messiah by his followers and a demagogue by his critics. Husain Haqqani, Foreign Affairs, 12 June 2023 Once he’s been exposed to modernity, will Cootie be a messiah or a supervillain or just an ordinary guy interested in sampling chain hamburgers and finding love? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2023 As a high school junior, he was cast as a basketball messiah. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2020 However, this won’t be the first show about a messiah on the CW (never forget Riverdale’s Cheryl Blossom, Queen of the Bees). Vulture, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Hebrew māshīaḥ & Aramaic mĕshīḥā, literally, anointed

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of messiah was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Messiah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/messiah. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

messiah

noun
mes·​si·​ah mə-ˈsī-ə How to pronounce messiah (audio)
1
capitalized
a
: the expected king and deliverer of the Jews
b
: Jesus Christ regarded as the savior of the world by Christians
2
: a leader of some hope or cause : deliverer

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