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A Christian (, ) is a person who adheres to [Christianity] , an [Abrahamic] , [monotheistic] [religion] based on the life and teachings of [Jesus of Nazareth] , who they believe is the [Messiah] (the [Christ] in [Greek] -derived terminology) prophesied in the [Old Testament] / [Hebrew Bible] , and the [Son of God] . ["BBC — Religion & Ethics — Christianity at a glance"] , [BBC] The term "Christian" is also used adjectivally to describe anything associated with Christianity, or in a proverbial sense "all that is noble, and good, and Christ-like."

The Greek word ( christianos )—meaning "follower of Christ"—comes from ( christos )—meaning " [anointed] one" [Christ] at Etymology Online—with an adjectival ending borrowed from Latin to denote adhering to, or even belonging to, as in slave ownership. In the [Greek] [Septuagint] , christos was used to translate the [Hebrew] מָשִׁיחַ ( , [messiah] ), meaning " [one who is] anointed." [Messiah] at Etymology Online In other European languages, equivalent words to 'Christian' are likewise derived from the Greek, such as 'Chrétien' in French and 'Cristiano' in Spanish.

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