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  1. a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? b.c. I Kings 16–22.
  2. captain of the ship Pequod and tragic hero of Melville's Moby Dick, obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale.
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  • Ahab and Jezebel danced at his boots and made him look ridiculous.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Why did Ahab not dare to arrest Elijah at the door of Naboth's vineyard?

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • No more than this is told of the unavailing penance of Jehoram the son of Ahab.

  • But at least he has not died like Ahab—a shameful and pitiable death.

    True Words for Brave Men

    Charles Kingsley

  • If we do what Ahab did, we have no right to despise him for doing what we do.

    True Words for Brave Men

    Charles Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for ahab


  1. Old Testament the king of Israel from approximately 869 to 850 bc and husband of Jezebel: rebuked by Elijah (I Kings 16:29–22:40)
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