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 messiahship (audio) \ noun

Examples of messiah in a Sentence

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

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Over the years, the Congress leader has attempted to style himself a messiah of the poor. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "It’s Game Over for the Gandhis as a Political Dynasty Dies," 11 July 2019 Remainers have been intoxicated by a messiah complex. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 While Dune and its desert messiah would exert great influence a host of sci-fi to follow—particularly the globe-conquering Star Wars franchise—Herbert's series hasn't had the best of luck with on-screen adaptations. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Legendary Just Bought the Rights to Make a New "Dune" Movie or TV Show," 22 Nov. 2016 Last summer, the franchise announced the hiring of Dr. Daniel Medina and anointed him its medical messiah. Marcus Hayes,, "Sixers top doctor Daniel Medina says his first year keeping Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons on the court was a success | Marcus Hayes," 9 July 2018 Pence was certainly no political messiah, nor did his message enhance the prospects for peace. Trudy Rubin,, "Pence's visit to Jerusalem aimed more at evangelicals at home | Trudy Rubin," 24 Jan. 2018 One needed to be big enough to hold all that black womanhood was supposed to be; lover, cook, therapist, mama, freak, co-conspirator, messiah, savior, martyr, while never getting too big. Sonya Renee Taylor, SELF, "The House Next Door," 26 June 2018 This time around, the drama began early in 2016 with Messi, one of the all-time greats and the anointed messiah. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "For Argies, Soccer is Religion, World Cup Win is Heaven," 16 June 2018 The Web is not the messiah dressed in cables and bits. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The internet was supposed to save democracy. I asked 4 tech optimists what went wrong.," 8 June 2018

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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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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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