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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some may believe this is the official beginning of Payam’s life as an indisputable messiah. Ariana Romero,, "Is Al-Masih Actually The Messiah? This Is The Messiah Finale’s Answer," 3 Jan. 2020 An unusual messiah The survey also showed that Indians concerned about the lack of jobs believe cryptocurrencies could create more of them. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s crypto investors feel virtual coins are key to more jobs and economic revival," 2 Apr. 2020 In a bizarre moment near the end of the dinner, Parnas and Fruman compare Trump to the messiah. NBC News, "Trump appears on audio to demand Yovanovitch's ouster without knowing her name," 25 Jan. 2020 An Era of Messiahs Mr. Lee is far from the first person claiming to be a messiah in South Korea. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "‘Proselytizing Robots’: Inside South Korean Church at Outbreak’s Center," 10 Mar. 2020 Much of it hinges on a name — specifically, the titular messiah’s, who is known only as al-Masih. Alejandra Salazar,, "What Is The Meaning Of Al-Masih & Why Is Netflix’s Messiah Using The Controversial Term?," 1 Jan. 2020 Jesus Is King’ with a painting of the messiah himself. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Latest Sweatshirt Keeps It in the Family," 30 Dec. 2019 In life, many of the Army’s victims were the followers of the Ghost Dance, a nineteenth-century faith that originated with a vision, delivered, it was said, by God to the Paiute messiah Jack Wilson, more commonly known as Wovoka. Julian Brave Noisecat, Harper's magazine, "Perhaps the World Ends Here," 5 Dec. 2019 Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, all but anointed him the messiah. The Economist, "Another fine mess Donald Trump triggers a Turkish invasion and trashes the national interest," 17 Oct. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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