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Beelzebub

[bee-el-zuh-buhb, beel-zuh-] /biˈɛl zəˌbʌb, ˈbil zə-/
noun
1.
the chief devil; Satan.
2.
a devil.
3.
(in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan.
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  • They're given over to the worship of Beelzebub—half these church-going folks!

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • You know, Beelzebub is positively the worst mare in the Valley.

  • You are a fair and shining vessel (of a kind), but Beelzebub's at your heart.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Grandfather of Beelzebub, is this a place to lie worshiping your fiends?

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • Blythe had been re-christened "Beelzebub" as an acknowledgment of the greatness of his fall.

  • Sly Beelzebub took all occasions To try Job's constancy and patience.

  • Keep your love for the angels, or for Beelzebub, it is all one to me.

  • I had as soon question Beelzebub as her; yea, to stir up the devil with a stick.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • My name is Beelzebub, and I am my master's most trusted agent.

  • They believed as a matter of course that he was aided by Beelzebub.

    War and the Weird Forbes Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for Beelzebub

Beelzebub

/bɪˈɛlzɪˌbʌb/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) a god of the Philistines (2 Kings 1:2)
2.
Satan or any devil or demon
Word Origin
Old English Belzebub, ultimately from Hebrew bá`al zebūb, literally: lord of flies
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Word Origin and History for Beelzebub

Old English Belzebub, Philistine god worshipped at Ekron (2 Kings i:2), from Latin, used in Vulgate for New Testament Greek beelzeboub, from Hebrew ba'al-z'bub "lord of the flies," from ba'al "lord" + z'bhubh "fly." By later Christian writers often taken as another name for "Satan," though Milton made him one of the fallen angels.

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Beelzebub in Culture
Beelzebub [(bee-el-zuh-bub)]

Another name for Satan. Originally a Philistine god, he is called the Prince of Devils in the New Testament.

Note: Beelzebub also appears in Milton's Paradise Lost as one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan in power.
Note: By extension, a “Beelzebub” is any demon or evil spirit.
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