Origin of Messiah
- 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
Word Origin for Messiah
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.