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, Mes·si·as [mi-sahy-uhs] /mɪˈsaɪ əs/ (for defs. 1, 2).
- Mes·si·ah·ship, noun
- Mes·si·an·ic [mes-ee-an-ik], /ˌmɛs iˈæn ɪk/, adjective
- Mes·si·an·i·cal·ly, adverb
- pre-Mes·si·an·ic, adjective
- pseu·do-Mes·si·an·ic, adjective
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How to use Messiah in a sentence
You might know him as the Messiah, the son of God, a prophet of God, or an enlightened and selfless radical who defied the oppressive powers of his time to champion the rights and dignity of the poor and marginalized.We Mock ‘Jesus Guns Babies’ Platform at Our Own Peril | Wajahat Ali | February 28, 2022 | The Daily Beast
Jesus begs God to let him fulfill his role as the Messiah, and suddenly finds himself back on the cross, where he dies for the sins of mankind.The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it. | Alissa Wilkinson | July 30, 2021 | Vox
Singing along with Handel’s “Messiah” at the Kennedy Center after waiting in the long line for free tickets.Today in D.C.: Headlines to start your Thursday in D.C., Maryland and Virginia | Dana Hedgpeth, Teddy Amenabar | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
He was just another wannabe Messiah who ended up on the wrong side of the authorities.So-Called ‘Biblical Scholar’ Says Jesus A Made-Up Myth | Candida Moss, Joel Baden | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You either have to be a masochist or have an acute Messiah complex.Obama Really Seems to Be Looking Forward to the End of His Presidency | Dean Obeidallah | December 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And that is the key to grasping how we Americans can and cannot take him seriously as a would-be political Messiah.
Fayyad was by no means despised by the masses, but nor was he seen as the Messiah-like figure held up by the West.
He was a nontragic, happy-ending, American Christ: half-Messiah, half Santa Claus.
After their restoration, they will acknowledge Messiah at God's right hand as in all things their sovereign Lord.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
On the eighth day after his birth, this immaculate Child was circumcised, both because he was a Jew, and the predicted Messiah.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II | Francis Augustus Cox
The chief of them went out to get a glimpse of the famous preacher, whom so many hailed as the long-expected Messiah.The Hearth-Stone | Samuel Osgood
Perhaps it may be said, that few nations had even heard of the promised Messiah, and still fewer desired his coming.
These predictions of the Prince Messiah are peculiarly striking.
British Dictionary definitions for Messiah
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
- Messiahship, noun
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Cultural definitions for Messiah (1 of 3)
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