(redirected from Mahdis)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


n. pl. Mah·dis Islam
a. The messiah prophesied to appear at the world's end and establish a reign of peace and righteousness.
b. In Twelver Shia belief, the 12th imam, who is expected to emerge from occultation to fulfill this role.
2. A person who claims to be or is seen as the messiah.

[Arabic mahdī, rightly guided one, Mahdi, passive participle of hadā, to lead; see hdy in Semitic roots.]

Mah′dism n.
Mah′dist n.


1. (Biography) the title assumed by Mohammed Ahmed. ?1843–85, Sudanese military leader, who led a revolt against Egypt (1881) and captured Khartoum (1885)
2. (Islam) Islam any of a number of Muslim messiahs expected to convert all mankind to Islam
[Arabic mahdīy one who is guided, from madā to guide aright]
ˈMahdism n
ˈMahdist n, adj


(ˈmɑ di)

n., pl. -dis.
1. the Muslim messiah destined to establish a reign of righteousness throughout the world.
2. a claimant to this role.
[1790–1800; < Arabic mahdīy he who is guided]
Mah′dism (-dɪz əm) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mahdi - (Islam) a messianic leader who (according to popular Muslim belief) will appear before the end of the world and restore justice and religion
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"


[ˈmɑːdɪ] Nmahdi m
References in periodicals archive ?
In this regard, we support Prime Minister Abdul Mahdis efforts to reach agreement in the Council of Representatives to fill the remaining four cabinet positions and to ensure the broadest possible representation of women and minorities in all levels of government.
Mahdis Azarmandi completed her PhD at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago.
Awon Maadi: The Mahdis Won ko d'oko elomii ri: Who have not been to other people's farmland Won ni ko tun si oko mo, Claimed no other farmland T'o ta ti Baba awon!
Hooman Attar (1*), Seyed Mohammad Reza Shahabi (1), Mahdis Mohammadi Kia Kolah Amlashi (2)
A recent report by Iran Pulse quoted an Iraqi academic as saying, children fighting with Popular Mobilization militias are trained to fight against the Sunni opposition, western countries and Israel; and to establish Imam Mahdis universal government.
This section opens with Mahdis Azarmandi's "Transnational German-Turkish Cinema from a Cosmopolitan Perspective: Towards the Representation of Cosmopolitan Hybrid Identities." Azarmandi examines the everyday life of the German-Turkish community as portrayed in Fatih Akin's films, demonstrating that such works "do not focus on conflict between Germans and immigrants, but explore conflicts of Turkish-German identity" (214) which may inspire audiences to embrace "an alternative articulation of community no longer fixed on binary notions of 'foreign' and 'local'" (216-217).
"La conjonction"; eadem, Messianism and Puritanical Reform: Mahdis of the Muslim West, tr.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Sadra Shipbuilding Company launched its second barge, Mahdis II, to transport platform jackets for the development of offshore South Pars gas field.
Now, at 31, Mahdis Neghabian has been named Licensee of the Year, meaning she is recognized as the best barkeeper in the country.
Saints, Mahdis, and Arms: Religion and resistance in nineteenth-century North Africa.