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Meaning of MOLOCH

Pronunciation:  'mowlâk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any lizard of the genus Moloch
  2. [n]  god of the Ammonites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
  3. [n]  a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice; "the great Moloch of war"; "duty has become the Moloch of modern life"- Norman Douglas

MOLOCH is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: Molech
 See Also: agamid, agamid lizard, force, genus Moloch, Moloch horridus, mountain devil, power, Semitic deity, spiny lizard



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mo"loch\, n. [Heb. molek king.]
1. (Script.) The fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom
   human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied

2. (Zo["o]l.) A spiny Australian lizard ({Moloch horridus}).
   The horns on the head and numerous spines on the body give
   it a most formidable appearance.

Easton Bible Dictionary

king, the name of the national god of the Ammonites, to whom children were sacrificed by fire. He was the consuming and destroying and also at the same time the purifying fire. In Amos 5:26, "your Moloch" of the Authorized Version is "your king" in the Revised Version (comp. Acts 7:43). Solomon (1 Kings 11:7) erected a high place for this idol on the Mount of Olives, and from that time till the days of Josiah his worship continued (2 Kings 23:10, 13). In the days of Jehoahaz it was partially restored, but after the Captivity wholly disappeared. He is also called Molech (Lev. 18:21; 20:2-5, etc.), Milcom (1 Kings 11:5, 33, etc.), and Malcham (Zeph. 1:5). This god became Chemosh among the Moabites.

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