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[ab-suh-luh m]
  1. the third and favorite son of David, who rebelled against his father and was slain by Joab. II Sam. 13–18.
  2. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “father of peace.”
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Historical Examples of absalom

  • It was only the old man calling his son: David calling upon Absalom.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • For there the army of Absalom went out to meet the army of his father David.

  • Probably, on his escaping from Absalom, he crossed as we did.

  • Remember that Absalom's hair was not more splendid than his habits were despicable.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • After that, Absalom, one other of his sons, killed his own brother.

British Dictionary definitions for absalom


  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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Word Origin and History for absalom


masc. proper name, King David's son in the Old Testament, often used figuratively for "favorite son," from Hebrew Abhshalom, literally "father is peace," from abh "father" + shalom "peace."

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