[ mah-dee ]
/ ˈmɑ di /
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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.
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Origin of Mahdi
First recorded in 1790–1800, Mahdi is from the Arabic word mahdīy he who is guided
OTHER WORDS FROM MahdiMahdism [mah-diz-uhm], /ˈmɑ dɪz əm/, nounMahdist, noun, adjective
Words nearby Mahdi
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How to use Mahdi in a sentence
If any one has a complaint to make, he must call out, as the Khalifa enters the mosque for prayers, "Khalifat el Mahdi!"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892|F. R. Wingate
Jud dismounted, seized my bit, and ran his hand over El Mahdi's face.
Then I kicked my heels against El Mahdi and swung him around down-hill.
Neither of these things seemed to give El Mahdi the slightest annoyance.
That summons was followed by the arrival of a steamer, the captain of which had orders to capture the False Mahdi alive or dead.The Life of Gordon, Volume II|Demetrius Charles Boulger
British Dictionary definitions for Mahdi
/ (ˈmɑːdɪ) /
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 of MahdiMahdism, nounMahdist, noun, adjective
Word Origin for Mahdi
Arabic mahdīy one who is guided, from madā to guide aright
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