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[bee-el-zuh-buhb, beel-zuh-] /biˈɛl zəˌbʌb, ˈbil zə-/
the chief devil; Satan.
a devil.
(in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan. Unabridged
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  • So Beelzebub taks t' slates and looks at 'em, an' then he scrats his heead an' he says: 'I can't help it, your Majesty.

    Tales of the Ridings F. W. Moorman
  • Keep your love for the angels, or for Beelzebub, it is all one to me.

  • He is horror-struck at learning that, in fact, he is nothing better “than a mediator between Christ and Beelzebub.”

    Rome in 1860 Edward Dicey
  • I had as soon question Beelzebub as her; yea, to stir up the devil with a stick.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • What account we may have to settle with each other in the world below, Beelzebub will tell us, I suppose.

  • They're given over to the worship of Beelzebub—half these church-going folks!

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Mary Chandler had despatched her imp, Beelzebub, to injure a neighbor who had failed to invite her to a party.

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

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • He's quite equal to introducing her as Thompson's daughter, and himself as Beelzebub's son.

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

British Dictionary definitions for Beelzebub


(Old Testament) a god of the Philistines (2 Kings 1:2)
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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