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[bee-lee-uh l, beel-yuh l] /ˈbi li əl, ˈbil yəl/
Theology. the spirit of evil personified; the devil; Satan.
(in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels.
Origin of Belial
< Hebrew bəliyyaʿal, equivalent to bəlī without + yaʿal, worth, use Unabridged
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  • Count not Thy handmaid for a daughter of Belial, wherever she is this day.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The ingenuity of these sons of Belial in their pranks was beyond description.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • Simply glancing at it, you groveled hand and foot in Belial's grip.

    G-r-r-r...! Roger Arcot
  • But how is it,” said I, “that Belial does not wish to have these adorers himself?

    The Sleeping Bard Ellis Wynne
  • He was going to fiddle no more for sons of Belial and daughters of Aholah.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • "A thing of Belial is poured out on him," or "is fastened upon him," say they.

  • O do not join with the sons of Belial in this unnatural, horrid wickedness!

  • To groom Belial—that was his name—he had to be put in slings.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • An occasional Belial excepted, the mules were a pleasant lot.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • What fellowship hath Christ with Belial, or believers with unbelievers?

    Spencer's Letters Orson Spencer
British Dictionary definitions for Belial


a demon mentioned frequently in apocalyptic literature: identified in the Christian tradition with the devil or Satan
(in the Old Testament and rabbinical literature) worthlessness or wickedness
Word Origin
C13: from Hebrew bəlīyya`al, from bəlīy without + ya`al worth
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Word Origin and History for Belial

early 13c., from Hebrew bel'yya'al "destruction," literally "worthless," from b'li "without" + ya'al "use." Wickedness as an evil force (Deut. xiii:13); later treated as a proper name for Satan (2 Cor. vi:15), though Milton made him one of the fallen angels.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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