messiah

noun
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

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 In the 1700s, Eve Frank and her father converted thousands to a religion that worshipped Eve as the only female messiah in history. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 Pais and Ruck shine as portraits of corporate myopia, and Dylan Minnette and Camryn Mi-Young Kim do good work as two of the young employees who begin to doubt their corporate messiah. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Feb. 2022 Timothee Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and just maybe a messiah. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and possibly a messiah, though Paul is a little reluctant on the latter front. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and possibly a messiah, though Paul is a little reluctant on the latter front. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and possibly a messiah, though Paul is a little reluctant on the latter front. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and possibly a messiah, though Paul is a little reluctant on the latter front. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 One day the messiah was showing off your lobsters; then he was gone, your company stolen, remade and maybe returned, though maybe not. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Messiah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/messiah. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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