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Beelzebub

Be-el′ze-bub

,
Noun.
The title of a heathen deity to whom the Jews ascribed the sovereignty of the evil spirits; hence, the Devil or a devil. See
Baal
.

Definition 2021


Beelzebub

Beelzebub

See also: Beëlzebub

English

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Proper noun

Beelzebub

  1. (biblical) A Canaanite deity worshipped at Ekron.
  2. (Christianity) Satan, the Devil.

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German

Pronunciation

Noun

Beelzebub m (genitive Beelzebubes or Beelzebubs or Beelzebub, plural Beelzebube)

  1. (singular only) Beelzebub
  2. a demon, devil

Latin

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Etymology

Translating Ancient Greek Βεελζεβούλ (Beelzeboúl) and Hebrew בעל זבוב (ba‘al-z'būb, fly-lord); perhaps a corruption of Beelzebul, meaning Lord of the High Place, with -bul altered to -bub to change the meaning to Lord of the Flies.

Pronunciation

(Classical) IPA(key): /beˈel.ze.bub/, [bɛˈɛɫ.zɛ.bʊb]

Proper noun

Beelzebub m (indeclinable)

  1. biblical the god of the Philistine city of Ekron.
  2. (pejorative) Beelzebul

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