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Definitions for messiah
mɪˈsaɪ əmes·si·ah

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. messiah, christnoun

    any expected deliverer

  2. Messiahnoun

    Jesus Christ; considered by Christians to be the promised deliverer

  3. Messiahnoun

    the awaited king of the Jews; the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people

  4. Messiahnoun

    an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742


  1. messiahnoun

    The one who is ordained by God to lead the people of Israel, believed by Christians to be Jesus Christ.

  2. messiahnoun

    An extremely powerful divine figure.

  3. Messiahnoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MESSIAHnoun

    The Anointed; the Christ; the Saviour of the world; the Prince of peace.

    Etymology: from the Hebrew.

    Great and publick opposition the magistrates made against Jesus the man of Nazareth, when he appeared as the Messiah. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.


  1. Messiah

    "New Messiah is the second single from Fear Factorys eighth studio album, The Industrialist. The song talks about bringing chaos to the world, such as wars, lies and hatred, to discriminate the culture.


  1. messiah

    A messiah is a savior or liberator figure in various religious contexts, often prophesied or promised to bring salvation, liberation, or guidance to people or a specific group. In Judaism, the term refers to a future Jewish king from the Davidic line, who will be anointed with holy anointing oil. In Christianity, Jesus Christ is recognized as the Messiah. The term is also used in other religious and non-religious contexts to denote a person who is seen as a great leader, reformer, or an ultimate savior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Messiahnoun

    the expected king and deliverer of the Hebrews; the Savior; Christ

  2. Etymology: [Heb. mshakh anointed, fr. mshakh to anoint. Cf. Messias.]


  1. Messiah

    A messiah is a saviour or liberator of a group of people, most commonly in the Abrahamic religions. In the Tanakh a messiah is a king or High Priest traditionally anointed with holy anointing oil. However, messiahs were not exclusively Jewish, as the Hebrew Bible refers to Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, as a messiah for his decree to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple. The Jewish messiah is a leader anointed by God, physically descended from the Davidic line, who will rule the united tribes of Israel and herald the Messianic Age of global peace also known as the World to Come. The translation of the Hebrew word Mašíaḥ as Χριστός in the Greek Septuagint became the accepted Christian designation and title of Jesus of Nazareth. Christians believe that prophecies in the Hebrew Bible refer to a spiritual savior and believe Jesus to be that Messiah. Islamic tradition holds that Jesus, the son of Mary, was the promised Prophet and Masih sent to the Israelites, and that he will again return to Earth at the end of times, along with the Mahdi, and they will defeat Masih ad-Dajjal, the "false Messiah" or Antichrist.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Messiah

    mes-sī′a, n. the anointed One, the Christ—also Messī′as.—n. Messī′ahship, the character and work of Christ as the Saviour of the world.—adj. Messian′ic, relating to the Messiah. [Heb. māshīach, anointed—māshach, to anoint.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Messiah

    one consecrated of God, who the Jewish prophets predicted would one day appear to emancipate the Jewish people from bondage and exalt them in the eyes of all the other nations of the earth as His elect nation, and for the glory of His name.

Editors Contribution

  1. messiahnoun

    Or the Christ; the Greek word is Christos as a name of our Lord or Gentile context, "Christ" is used. Where the NT Christos has a Jewish context, the title "Messiah" is used.

    The Messiah is the most close to the Holy Ghost besides John the Baptist.

    Etymology: The Savior

    Submitted by tony_l on September 6, 2023  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Messiah is ranked #89403 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Messiah surname appeared 207 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Messiah.

    53.1% or 110 total occurrences were Black.
    26.5% or 55 total occurrences were White.
    10.1% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.3% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of messiah in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of messiah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of messiah in a Sentence

  1. Greg Guma:

    He is now a messiah on the left.

  2. Benjamin Brown:

    They are anti-Zionist because they believe that -- according to their religious belief -- there is a prohibition to obey a government which is secular, and a prohibition against establishing a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah. Only the Messiah can establish Jewish sovereignty and therefore they are really not just suspicious of, but hostile towards, The Israeli government.

  3. Roberto Capodieci:

    Decision-making power doesn't rest with any individual, but Nakamoto is such a mythical figure, if he appears he could become a sort of messiah to the community.

  4. Christian Bale:

    Moses is such an intense character that you need to have a little break from him, so we'd always 'look on the bright side of life', thinking 'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'. It just helped me.

  5. Richard Bach:

    Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but that mark of a fake messiah.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. proprietary
    • B. butch
    • C. elusive
    • D. ectomorphic

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