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Azazel

[uh-zey-zuh l, az-uh-zel] /əˈzeɪ zəl, ˈæz əˌzɛl/
noun
1.
the demon or place in the wilderness to which the scapegoat is released in an atonement ritual. Lev. 16:8, 10, 26.
2.
the scapegoat itself.
Origin of Azazel
From the Hebrew word ʿăzāzēl
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Examples from the Web for Azazel
Historical Examples
  • The rabbis are agreed, even, that the word Azazel is not Hebrew.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • The word "scapegoat" is a euphemism; the Hebrew text says Azazel.

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • Both Jews and Mohammedans believed Azazel to be a dread divinity.

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • Milton introduces Azazel as the standard-bearer of the fallen hosts of heaven.

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • Azazel did not think much of man; and it was for that he lost his position.

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • Azazel must not triumph, though the tribe of the Narragansetts should be swept with the besom of destruction.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper
  • Azazel, Statistics Chief, glanced at a roll of incombustible microfilm, and cleared his throat.

    Satan and the Comrades Ralph Bennitt
  • And undoubtedly, when he had got to the spot where the ledge came to an end, Azazel seemed puzzled to know what to do next.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • I sat myself down with pain and difficulty, for Azazel had bruised me all over, and I felt fearfully stiff and sore.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • Through all the rest of Scripture the scape-goat is unmentioned, and Azazel is ignored.

British Dictionary definitions for Azazel

Azazel

/əˈzeɪzəl; ˈæzəˌzɛl/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) a desert demon to whom the scapegoat bearing the sins of Israel was sent out once a year on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1–28)
2.
(in later Jewish and Gnostic writings and in Muslim tradition) a prince of demons
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