a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? b.c. I Kings 16–22.
captain of the ship Pequod and tragic hero of Melville's Moby Dick, obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale.

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Examples from the Web for ahab

Contemporary Examples of ahab

  • GOP politicians on both the state and federal level attack legal abortion with an obsession rivaling Captain Ahab.

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    The GOP’s Latest Ploy: Flatter Married Women

    Amanda Marcotte

    January 31, 2014

  • Individuals abstain from food to express contrition (Ahab) or to prepare for divine revelation (Moses).

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    The Enlightenment Diet

    Bruce Feiler

    September 27, 2009

Historical Examples of ahab

  • Ahab and Jezebel danced at his boots and made him look ridiculous.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Why did Ahab not dare to arrest Elijah at the door of Naboth's vineyard?

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • No more than this is told of the unavailing penance of Jehoram the son of Ahab.

  • But at least he has not died like Ahab—a shameful and pitiable death.

    True Words for Brave Men

    Charles Kingsley

  • If we do what Ahab did, we have no right to despise him for doing what we do.

    True Words for Brave Men

    Charles Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for ahab



Old Testament the king of Israel from approximately 869 to 850 bc and husband of Jezebel: rebuked by Elijah (I Kings 16:29–22:40)
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