messiah

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noun mes·si·ah \ mə-ˈsī-ə \

Definition of messiah

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

messiahship

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Examples of messiah in a Sentence

  1. They thought the new principal was the messiah the school had been hoping for.

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Origin and Etymology of messiah

Hebrew māshīaḥ & Aramaic mĕshīḥā, literally, anointed

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MESSIAH Defined for English Language Learners

messiah

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Definition of messiah for English Language Learners

  • the 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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