- the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people.
- Jesus Christ, regarded by Christians as fulfilling this promise and expectation. John 4:25, 26.
- (usually lowercase) any expected deliverer.
- (usually lowercase) a zealous leader of some cause or project.
- (italics) an oratorio (1742) by George Frideric Handel.
Origin of Messiah
- (sometimes capital) Bible
- of or relating to the Messiah, his awaited deliverance of the Jews, or the new age of peace expected to follow this
- of or relating to Jesus Christ or the salvation believed to have been brought by him
- of or relating to any popular leader promising deliverance or an ideal era of peace and prosperity
- of or relating to promises of this kind or to an ideal era of this kind
- Judaism the awaited redeemer of the Jews, to be sent by God to free them
- Jesus Christ, when regarded in this role
- an exceptional or hoped for liberator of a country or people
Word Origin and History for messianic
1831, from Modern Latin messianicus, from Messias (see messiah).
c.1300, Messias, from Late Latin Messias, from Greek Messias, from Aramaic meshiha and Hebrew mashiah "the anointed" (of the Lord), from mashah "anoint." This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Greek Khristos (see Christ). In Old Testament prophetic writing, it was used of an expected deliverer of the Jewish nation. The modern English form represents an attempt to make the word look more Hebrew, and dates from the Geneva Bible (1560). Transferred sense of "an expected liberator or savior of a captive people" is attested from 1660s.