Definition of Christ in English:



  • The title, also treated as a name, given to Jesus.

    • ‘If Christ is not sinless, he is not divine, nor is his death on the cross any help to sinners like ourselves.’
    • ‘Christians today have to be Christ to other people, and demonstrate what he was like and what he stood for.’
    • ‘After Christ dies on the cross, a single drop of rain falls from the heavens onto the ground.’
    • ‘So Christ exercises his gentleness by the power of the Spirit working in the lives of fallen people.’
    • ‘Funds are needed for all the splendid projects that are being undertaken in Christ's name.’
    • ‘Without a perception of the Christ of the Bible, worship loses both its focus and its anchor.’
    • ‘It is as the whole Body of Christ that we express the fullness of Christ to the world.’
    • ‘When Peter became a follower of Christ, Jesus told him he would be made a fisher of people.’
    • ‘For it was on this day that Christ strengthened the Church which he had already founded by his own flesh and blood.’
    • ‘Epiphany is a feast of revelation, the day Christ made his being known to the world.’
    • ‘There are many battles ahead for believers, but victory is certain through Christ our Lord.’
    • ‘Many seem to feel that one way to put Christ back into Christmas is by displaying a Nativity scene.’
    • ‘The good news is that nothing can separate us from the love of God that we have known in Jesus the Christ.’
    • ‘As he listened to the Christ teach, Satan understood why Jesus did not give in to temptations.’
    • ‘As Christ died on the cross for others, so also was his resurrection representative.’
    • ‘Brethren, because we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and should treat each other as such.’
    • ‘It is vital that the churches know God through Christ and the gospel of grace.’
    • ‘To make sense as a concept, the Christ has to be an Everyman, a man without qualities.’
    • ‘Whoever drinks the blood of Christ has eternal life, and Christ will raise him up at the last day.’
    • ‘If Christ did not die for our sins then we are still under the wrath of God and without hope.’
    jesus, jesus christ, our lord, the messiah, the saviour, the son of god, the lamb of god, the good shepherd, the redeemer, the prince of peace, the nazarene, the galilean
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  • An oath used to express irritation, dismay, or surprise.

    ‘‘Oh Christ,’ he moaned under his breath’
    • ‘Then I became an actor and, Christ, this profession has to be the worst dating agency in the world.’
    • ‘Shankly liked what he saw: ‘Christ son, you look about seven foot tall, we're going to play in all-red from now on.’’
    • ‘Christ, I'm losing my mind!’


  • before Christ

    • full form of BC
      • ‘Some 3,000 years before Christ, Egyptians lived under an orderly government, built great structures and had acquired the art of writing.’
      • ‘Not on display at this exhibition, but a brick that interested me considerably was one made in Babylon at the time of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, six hundred years before Christ, complete with inscription.’
      • ‘Tobacco is believed to have been grown in the Americas for many thousands of years, and native Americans are thought to have discovered ways of using the plant, including smoking the leaves, a thousand years before Christ.’
      • ‘The Buddha who lived 500 years before Christ discovered that despite the fact that all sentient beings desire to be happy and want to avoid suffering, that in fact just the opposite is true - that life is characterized by suffering.’
      • ‘Archaeologists continue to search the undersea area, hoping to uncover more mysteries from a once prosperous city that existed more than 300 years before Christ.’


Old English Crīst, from Latin Christus, from Greek Khristos, noun use of an adjective meaning ‘anointed’, from khriein ‘anoint’, translating Hebrew māšīaḥ ‘Messiah’.