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[mi-sahy-uh] /mɪˈsaɪ ə/
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.
Also, Douay Bible, Messias
[mi-sahy-uh s] /mɪˈsaɪ əs/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
Origin of Messiah
< Late Latin (Vulgate) Messīās < Greek Messī́ās < Hebrew māshīaḥ literally, anointed
Related forms
Messiahship, noun
[mes-ee-an-ik] /ˌmɛs iˈæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Messianically, adverb
pre-Messianic, adjective
pseudo-Messianic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for messianic


(sometimes capital) (Bible)
  1. of or relating to the Messiah, his awaited deliverance of the Jews, or the new age of peace expected to follow this
  2. of or relating to Jesus Christ or the salvation believed to have been brought by him
  1. of or relating to any popular leader promising deliverance or an ideal era of peace and prosperity
  2. of or relating to promises of this kind or to an ideal era of this kind
Derived Forms
messianically, adverb
messianism (mɛˈsaɪənɪzəm) noun


(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
Derived Forms
Messiahship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French Messie, ultimately from Hebrew māshīach anointed
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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.

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messianic in Culture
Messiah [(muh-seye-uh)]

For Jews and Christians, the promised “anointed one” or Christ; the Savior. Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah who delivered mankind from its sins. Jews believe that the Messiah has not yet come.

Messiah [(muh-seye-uh)]

In Judaism and Christianity, the promised “anointed one” or Christ; the Savior. Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah who delivered mankind from original sin. Jews believe that the Messiah has not yet come.

Messiah [(muh-seye-uh)]

An oratorio by George Frederick Handel on the life of Jesus. Written for solo singers, chorus, and orchestra, it contains the “Hallelujah Chorus.” In the United States, it is often sung during the Christmas season.

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