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Jezebel

[jez-uh-bel, -buh l] /ˈdʒɛz əˌbɛl, -bəl/
noun
1.
Also, Douay Bible, Jezabel. the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. I Kings 16:31.
2.
(often lowercase) a wicked, shameless woman.
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Jezebelian
[jez-uh-bee-lee-uh n, -beel-yuh n] /ˌdʒɛz əˈbi li ən, -ˈbil yən/ (Show IPA),
Jezebelish
[jez-uh-bel-ish] /ˈdʒɛz əˌbɛl ɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Jezebel

/ˈdʒɛzəˌbɛl; -bəl/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the wife of Ahab, king of Israel: she fostered the worship of Baal and tried to destroy the prophets of Israel (I Kings 18:4–13); she was killed by Jehu (II Kings 9:29–37)
2.
(sometimes not capital) a shameless or scheming woman
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jezebel

n.

"impudent woman," 1550s, after Jezebel, the wicked Tyrean princess who married Ahab, king of Israel (Kings xxi:5-23), from Hebrew Izebhel, "a name of uncertain origin and meaning" [Klein].

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Jezebel [(jez-uh-bel)]

In the Old Testament, an immoral, cruel queen of Israel who attempted to kill Elijah and other prophets of God.

Note: A “jezebel” is a scheming and shamelessly evil woman.
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