- 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
GOP politicians on both the state and federal level attack legal abortion with an obsession rivaling Captain Ahab.The GOP’s Latest Ploy: Flatter Married Women
January 31, 2014
Individuals abstain from food to express contrition (Ahab) or to prepare for divine revelation (Moses).The Enlightenment Diet
September 27, 2009
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.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
But at least he has not died like Ahab—a shameful and pitiable death.
If we do what Ahab did, we have no right to despise him for doing what we do.
- 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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