WORD ORIGIN noun, plural Mah·dis. the Muslim messiah, an expected spiritual and temporal ruler destined to establish a reign of righteousness throughout the world. any of various claimants to this role, especially Muhammad Ahmed, who established an independent government in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan that lasted until 1898. Origin of Mahdi
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1790–1800, Mahdi is from the Arabic word mahdīy he who is guided Related forms Mah·dism , [ mah-diz- uh m] /ˈmɑ dɪz əm/ noun Mah·dist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mahdi noun the title assumed by Mohammed Ahmed. ?1843–85, Sudanese military leader, who led a revolt against Egypt (1881) and captured Khartoum (1885) Islam any of a number of Muslim messiahs expected to convert all mankind to Islam Derived Forms Mahdism, noun Mahdist, noun, adjective Word Origin for Mahdi
mahdīy one who is guided, from madā to guide aright
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Word Origin and History for mahdi n.
1792, from Arabic
mahdiy, literally "he who is guided aright," past participle of hada "to lead in the right way." Spiritual and temporal leader expected by some Muslims. Applied c.1880 to insurrectionary leaders in the Sudan who claimed to be him. Related: Mahdism.
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