Definition of messiah in US English:

messiah

noun

  • 1the MessiahThe promised deliverer of the Jewish nation prophesied in the Hebrew Bible.

    • ‘You are the One who will choose the Messiah from the sons of Israel!’
    • ‘The Jews believed in two ages: the age of the law (which began at Sinai) and the age of the Messiah.’
    • ‘Where does the Jewish concept of Messiah come from?’
    • ‘When the Messiah comes, you'll wish you were Jewish!’
    • ‘For the Rastafarians, the black men are the ‘true’ Israelites, waiting for the Messiah to re-establish their Promised Land in Africa.’
    • ‘‘In Judaism, we believe the messiah has not come yet,’ he says.’
    • ‘They serve as the prototypes for the Messiah from Joseph, and the Messiah from David, who usher in the Messianic Era.’
    • ‘Simeon firmly believed a messiah would rise out of the desert, rescue a chosen people and restore peace to the Promised Land.’
    • ‘But the Old Testament talks about the coming of the Messiah.’
    • ‘They believe in establishing a Jewish homeland without the coming of the messiah, in direct resistance to the Hasids.’
    • ‘The people of the Decapolis were well-familiar with the Messiah.’
    • ‘This One, who would be the new and greater David, was the Messiah.’
    • ‘I know that the Messiah will come, and when He comes He'll tell us everything.’
    • ‘The secular Zionists were doing the work of God and the Messiah but they did not yet know it.’
    • ‘Mashiyach is the Hebrew word meaning messiah or anointed one.’
    • ‘The night of Passover would be a good night for the Messiah to show up and the king of God to show up.’
    • ‘Actually, our tradition tells us that the Messiah will not come on Shabbat or Yom Tov.’
    • ‘Is the Messiah divine, as the Christians say, or human as the Jews say?’
    • ‘Yet Malachi prophesied that Messiah would come - and Christ, the Messiah, did come.’
    • ‘Readers of Berger's book cannot fail to gain the impression that belief in the messiah is a central religious concern of Orthodox Jews today.’
    1. 1.1 Jesus regarded by Christians as the Messiah of the Hebrew prophecies and the savior of humankind.
      • ‘Christ is simply the Greek translation of the Hebrew word messiah.’
      • ‘In that moment, on that mountain, Jesus was transfigured and the disciples got a glimpse of Jesus, the messiah.’
      • ‘He is variously viewed as a suffering prophet, king, messiah, or Israel, in whole or in part.’
      • ‘The title Christas, messiah, is treated as a virtual name by Paul.’
      • ‘Some say that Christ is the Messiah, a Chosen One sent by God.’
      • ‘That perfume names Jesus the messiah as ‘Anointed One’ and crowns him king.’
      • ‘They will acknowledge Jesus as messiah if just the right omens suggest that he is.’
      • ‘The messiah should be a priestly figure, and yet Jesus was born to the tribe of Judah, not the priestly tribe of Levi.’
      • ‘Once this happens, the remaining Jews will accept Jesus as their messiah.’
      • ‘Early Christianity blamed the Jews for not accepting Jesus as the messiah.’
      • ‘Barnard concluded by stating that any man who engaged his conscience in scriptural study would come to the unquestionable conclusion that Jesus Christ was the messiah.’
      • ‘Surely this does not depend on whether Jesus is the messiah or not.’
      • ‘That out of darkness was coming light, out of death, life, out of weakness, strength, with the resurrection of Jesus, and his coming to the recognition that he was Christ or messiah.’
      • ‘To begin with, one of the most common elements in early Christian preaching is the great effort to show that the crucified Jesus was Israel's messiah as testified to by her scriptures.’
      • ‘Though the Jews were concerned about Adam and the consequences of his actions, the Jewish tradition knows no antithesis of this sort between the first human being and the messiah.’
      • ‘John tells those around him that Jesus is lamb of God, expected messiah, and the Son of God.’
      • ‘The Holy Spirit came upon him at his baptism, consecrating him as the messiah.’
      • ‘In the Bible, John foretells the arrival of Jesus, the awaited messiah.’
      • ‘Over one hundred and fifty prophecies exist concerning the coming of a messiah and saviour.’
      • ‘And that is what we have seen in Jesus, the messiah.’
  • 2A leader or savior of a particular group or cause.

    ‘he was regarded as a messiah by liberal and conservatives alike’
    • ‘His pages are filled with descriptions of rural bandits, sectarian radicals, urban terrorists and would-be messiahs; of riots, pogroms and communal violence; and of clashes between troops and demonstrators.’
    • ‘A few self-prophesied messiahs of the Kannada film industry are dictating terms to cinegoers.’
    • ‘That these messiahs of the politics of hate, wrenching apart the fabric of secular India do not represent the Hindu majority.’
    • ‘In the present times we have the new age gurus, generation next philosophers, management messiahs and a host of others offering quick-fix solutions, spiritual paradigms and instant nirvanas.’
    • ‘Through his public (if often tedious) spirituality and his key role in the first superstar benefit concert, he also helped redefine the modern pop star as a messiah.’
    • ‘But dreams, after all, are dreams, and as we are busy producing double-faced politicians, there are no messiahs around to translate dreams into realities.’
    • ‘It is important to note further here that as the elections draw nearer, the country is going to witness more of such leaders emerge to portray themselves as messiahs with a sole assignment to ‘liberate’ the nation.’
    • ‘On the political front, these leaders were akin to messiahs in their respective parties and countries.’
    • ‘As is the way with most messiahs, only the poor, the insane and the very young recognize his divinity.’
    • ‘The manager was hailed as a messiah after Celtic enjoyed a march to glory in 2001, when they secured the treble.’
    • ‘Why then are these messiahs of the modern era being persecuted?’
    • ‘We must nurture the true messiahs with microphones and turntables, as we are all witnesses to the brand new/old beats.’
    • ‘Such morbid symptoms include false messiahs, doomsday predictions, UFO sightings, pyramid schemes, and so on.’
    • ‘Others were newly formed, perhaps on the initiative of local radicals, a charismatic leader, or a would-be messiah.’
    • ‘Neither offers a practical program for ridding the world of hunger, disease, or oppression, the things we demand that our messiahs do for us or else authorize us to do in their name.’
    • ‘I've seen leadership schools set out on the fringes, including one in an outpost of Jerusalem that teaches would-be messiahs to lead in the coming apocalypse.’
    • ‘Infanticide rates have dropped dramatically in areas where the messiahs operate, but many mothers still give their girl babies away.’
    • ‘By definition, the traditional storytellers were not leaders, much less messiahs.’
    • ‘Politicians who do not trim tend not to be messiahs but very naughty boys.’
    • ‘‘The winning formula is producing the right policies not searching for the next messiah,’ an MP, who asked not to be named, said.’

Origin

Old English Messias: via late Latin and Greek from Hebrew māšīaḥ ‘anointed’.

Pronunciation

messiah

/məˈsīə//məˈsaɪə/