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Mahdi

[mah-dee] /ˈmɑ di/
noun, plural Mahdis.
1.
the Muslim messiah, an expected spiritual and temporal ruler destined to establish a reign of righteousness throughout the world.
2.
any of various claimants to this role, especially Muhammad Ahmed, who established an independent government in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan that lasted until 1898.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Arabic mahdīy he who is guided
Related forms
Mahdism
[mah-diz-uh m] /ˈmɑ dɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
Mahdist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Mahdi

Mahdi

/ˈmɑːdɪ/
noun
1.
the title assumed by Mohammed Ahmed. ?1843–85, Sudanese military leader, who led a revolt against Egypt (1881) and captured Khartoum (1885)
2.
(Islam) any of a number of Muslim messiahs expected to convert all mankind to Islam
Derived Forms
Mahdism, noun
Mahdist, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Arabic mahdīy one who is guided, from madā to guide aright
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Word Origin and History for Mahdi
mahdi
1792, from Arabic mahdiy, lit. "he who is guided aright," pp. of hada "to lead in the right way." Spiritual and temporal leader expected by some Muslims. Applied c.1880 to insurrectionary leaders in the Sudan who claimed to be him.
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