[ ab-suh-luhm ]

  1. the third and favorite son of David, who rebelled against his father and was slain by Joab. 2 Samuel 13–18.

  2. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “father of peace.”

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How to use Absalom in a sentence

  • He is a sort of celestial Absalom—vicious, tyrannical, rebellious; but secure of ultimate pardon and rehabilitation.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • The conduct of Absalom, whose beauty and vanity were equalled by his ambition and his ingratitude, has made him forever infamous.

  • Upon its door was fastened a battered tin sign showing the words: "Absalom Jayres, Counsellor."

  • Amnon, the eldest son, was slain by young Absalom, who waited two years for an opportunity.

    The Quiver 3/1900 | Anonymous
  • Such of the army as remained loyal engaged in battle with the revolutionary forces attracted to Absalom.

    The Quiver 3/1900 | Anonymous

British Dictionary definitions for Absalom


/ (ˈæbsələm) /

  1. Old Testament the third son of David, who rebelled against his father and was eventually killed by Joab (II Samuel 15–18)

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