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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, the Nazarene, Jesus Christ, Christ, Savior, Saviour, Good Shepherd, Redeemer, Deliverernoun

    a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29)

  2. messiah, christnoun

    any expected deliverer

Wiktionary

  1. Christnoun

    A figure or other artistic depiction of Jesus Christ.

    Etymology: crist, from Christus, from Χριστός, proper noun use of χριστός, calqued after Hebrew משיח (whence English messiah).

  2. Christnoun

    The anointed one or messiah predicted in Jewish prophecy.

    Etymology: crist, from Christus, from Χριστός, proper noun use of χριστός, calqued after Hebrew משיח (whence English messiah).

  3. Christnoun

    A title given to Jesus of Nazareth, seen as the fulfiller of the messianic prophecy; often treated as a personal name.

    Etymology: crist, from Christus, from Χριστός, proper noun use of χριστός, calqued after Hebrew משיח (whence English messiah).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Christnoun

    the Anointed; an appellation given to Jesus, the Savior. It is synonymous with the Hebrew Messiah

    Etymology: [L. Christus, Gr. , fr. anointed, fr. chri`ein to anoint. See Chrism.]

Freebase

  1. Christ

    Christ is a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, the Messiah, and is used as a title for Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus came to be called "Jesus Christ", meaning "Jesus the Christos", by his followers after his death and believed resurrection. Before, Jesus was usually referred to as "Jesus of Nazareth" or "Jesus son of Joseph". In the epistles of Paul the Apostle, the earliest texts of the New Testament, Paul most often referred to Jesus as "Jesus Christ", "Christ Jesus", or "Christ". The followers of Jesus became known as Christians because they believed Jesus to be the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. Christ was originally a title, but later became part of the name "Jesus Christ", though it is still also used as a title, in the reciprocal use Christ Jesus, meaning "The Messiah Jesus". In common usage "Christ" is generally treated as synonymous with "Jesus of Nazareth". Jesus is not accepted by the Jews as their Messiah. The Jewish people still await the Messiah's first coming, while Christians await his second coming, when they believe he will fulfill those parts of Messianic prophecy. Muslims accept Jesus as the Messiah but not as the Son of God.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Christ

    krīst, n. the Anointed, the Messiah.—ns. Christ-cross-row (kris′-kros-rō), the alphabet, from the use in horn-books of having a cross at the beginning; Chrīst's-thorn, a kind of prickly shrub common in Palestine and south of Europe, so called because supposed to have been the plant from which the crown of thorns was made.—v.t. Christen (kris′n), to baptise in the name of Christ: to give a name to.—ns. Chris′tendom, that part of the world in which Christianity is the received religion: the whole body of Christians; Chris′tening, the ceremony of baptism; Chrīst′hood, the condition of being the Christ or Messiah; Christ′ian, a follower of Christ: (coll.) a human being.—adj. relating to Christ or His religion: being in the spirit of Christ.—v.t. Christ′ianise, to make Christian: to convert to Christianity.—ns. Christ′ianism, Christian′ity, the religion of Christ: the spirit of this religion.—adjs. Christ′ian-like, Christ′ianly.—ns. Christ′ianness, Christ′liness.—adjs. Christ′less, Christ′ly.&mdamdash;Christian era, the era counted from the birth of Christ; Christian name, the name given when christened, as distinguished from the surname. [A.S. crist—Gr. Christos—and chriein, chrisein, to anoint.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christ' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2440

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christ' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1126

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christ in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Christ in a Sentence

  1. Barronelle Stutzman:

    But when he came in to talk to me about his wedding, I just simply put my hands on his and told him I could not do it because my relationship with Jesus Christ, without any complaint Rob or [his partner], the attorney general of Washington sued me personally and corporately simply because I have a different viewpoint on marriage.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    The Bible is the Greatest book of wisdom and knowledge ever written and published. In fact, it is the most widely read book in the world, the most fiercely debated and the most often quoted book in history. Thus, the Bible is the Greatest book of all time. It is a collection of books that encompasses past or ancient stories, chronicles, teachings, laws, parables, proverbs, psalms, teachers, preachers, heroes, heroines, saints, kings, queens, prophecies, prophets, prophetesses, miracles, warnings, signs, wonders, mysteries, revelations (the past, present and future events collectively) and much more than that, including extraordinary insights or words of wisdom (encouragement) from Jesus Christ himself (the greatest teacher and inspirator of all time), king Solomon, king David, saint Paul among other ancient wise men and women. Billions of copies have been published and sold globally already. And many more copies will be published and sold sooner or later. In other words, the Bible has been read by the world as a whole. Even the posterity (all future generations ahead) will surely read the Bible. You can bet your bottom dollar. -Emeasoba George

  3. James L. Mathews:

    It's not the rules and regulations you follow carefully that will win you favor with God but rather offering your life to Him in complete faith that His Son, Jesus Christ, conquered sin and death on your behalf and for your salvation.

  4. Book of Common Prayer:

    We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit.

  5. Martin Luther:

    When Jesus Christ utters a word, He opens His mouth so wide that it embraces all Heaven and earth, even though that word be but in a whisper.

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  • Rocky Bensch
    Although I can no longer recall where I read it, I have since been under the impression that 'Christ' literally meant 'First', as in 'the First of the Reborn'.
    LikeReplyReport6 years ago
  • Ronald Alexander Malloy
    Paula Fredriksen, ‘Professor of Scripture at Boston University’ specializing in the history of ‘early’ Christianity, asserts that ‘the gospels built into the New Testament/Covenant ‘are not biographies…’ rather are ‘stories’ told in such a way as to ‘evoke a certain image of a Christ-Jesus for a particular audience’! All very well; however from the perspective of the actual history of an Occupying Roman Empire of the times into which such ‘Stories’ have been featured the term Stories thus applied have no foundation other than church-tradition…. 
    LikeReplyReport 27 years ago

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