Definition of Moloch

1. Noun. A tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice. "Duty has become the Moloch of modern life"

Generic synonyms: Force, Power

2. Noun. God of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children.
Exact synonyms: Molech
Generic synonyms: Semitic Deity

3. Noun. Any lizard of the genus Moloch.
Generic synonyms: Agamid, Agamid Lizard
Group relationships: Genus Moloch
Specialized synonyms: Moloch Horridus, Mountain Devil, Spiny Lizard

Definition of Moloch

1. n. The fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied figuratively.

Definition of Moloch

1. Proper noun. An ancient Ammonite deity worshiped by the Canaanites, Phoenician and related cultures in North Africa and the Levant. ¹

2. Proper noun. (figuratively) A person or thing demanding or requiring a very costly sacrifice. ¹

3. Noun. (zoology) Any of several Australian lizards of the genus ''Moloch'' ¹

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Definition of Moloch

1. a spiny lizard [n -S]

Medical Definition of Moloch

1. 1. The fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied figuratively. 2. A spiny Australian lizard (Moloch horridus). The horns on the head and numerous spines on the body give it a most formidable appearance. Origin: Heb. Molek king. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Moloch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Septuagint moloch (the first appearance of this form, quoted by Stephen in Acts vii. ... ye have borne the tabernacle of your moloch, ' margin and RV, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The offerings by fire, the probable identity of moloch with Baal, and the fact that in Assyria and Babylonia Malik, and at Palmyra ..."

3. The Curse Entailed by Harriet Hamline Bigelow (1857)
"moloch turned suddenly, and listened. He remained thus some ten minutes ; then, ... moloch ran into Mariana's room, and Emily, who had in the mean time ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"20, 21 that this phrase denotes a human holocaust,1 and not, as sometimes has been, thought, a mere consecration to moloch by passing through or between ..."

5. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"THE SACRIFICE TO moloch From ... A SECTION of the wall of the temple of moloch was removed, in order to pull the brazen god through without disturbing the ..."

6. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1878)
"Rabbinical tradition represents moloch as a human figure of brass or clay, with a crowned ... On fire-worship in general, which is the main idea of ' moloch ..."

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