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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The anticipated savior of the Jews.
  • n. Christianity Jesus.
  • n. One who is anticipated as, regarded as, or professes to be a savior or liberator.

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  • proper n. Jesus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The expected king and deliverer of the Hebrews; the Savior; Christ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A designation of Jesus as the Saviour of the world; the Hebrew equivalent of Christ, the Anointed, but used more frequently as a descriptive title (the Messiah) than as a name: from prophetic passages in the Hebrew Scriptures (where, except in two instances in Daniel, it is translated Anointed, often as a noun) interpreted by Jesus and by Christians as referring to him and universal in scope, but regarded by the Jews as promising a divinely sent deliverer for their own race.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
  • n. any expected deliverer
  • n. Jesus Christ; considered by Christians to be the promised deliverer
  • n. the awaited king of the Jews; the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people

Etymologies

Middle English Messias, Messie, from Old French Messie, from Late Latin Messīās, from Greek, from Aramaic məšiḥā, the anointed one (from məšaḥ, to anoint) or Hebrew māšîaḥ, anointed (from māšaḥ, to anoint); see mšḥ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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