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See also: Messiah
From Middle English Messyas, Messy, Messie, from Latin Messīās, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek Μεσσίας (Messías), from Aramaic ܡܫܺܝܚܳܐ (məšīḥā), from Biblical Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (māšîaḥ, “anointed”). Doublet of Masih.
messiah (plural messiahs)
- (Abrahamic tradition) The one who is ordained by God to lead the people of Israel, believed by Christians and Muslims to be Jesus Christ.
- (religion, loosely) A similar religious figure or awaited divine ruler, such as the Islamic Mahdi.
- (figuratively) An extremely powerful figure.
ordained to lead the people of Israel
an extremely powerful divine figure
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