Messiah: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mi-sī'u), [key]
— n.
  1. the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people.
  2. Jesus Christ, regarded by Christians as fulfilling this promise and expectation. John 4:25, 26.
  3. (usually l.c.) any expected deliverer.
  4. (usually l.c.) a zealous leader of some cause or project.
  5. (italics) an oratorio (1742) by George Frideric Handel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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