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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Hebrew
Origin: mashiah and Aramaic meshiha, 'anointed'

messiah

noun
     
mes‧si‧ah [singular]
1

the Messiah

a) RRC Jesus Christ, who Christians believe has been sent by God to save the world from evil
b) RR a great religious leader who, according to Jewish belief, will be sent by God to save the world
2 someone who people believe will solve all their problems:
The club was in desperate need of a new footballing messiah.

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