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[uh-pol-yuh n]
  1. the destroyer; the angel of the bottomless pit; Abaddon. Rev. 9:11.
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Origin of Apollyon

< Greek apollýōn (present participle of apollýnai to utterly destroy), equivalent to ap- ap-2 + olly- destroy + -ōn present participle suffix
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Historical Examples

  • It is Apollyon who tempts Rome thus with the world and the flesh.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • Rhodes was Apollyon and a financier, and the foul fiend himself.

    A Tramp's Notebook

    Morley Roberts

  • Evidently this was a case of possession by Apollyon himself.

  • When Beelzebub had ended his oration, then Apollyon did begin.

  • On the other hand, Apollyon may be waiting for one round the corner of the next street.

British Dictionary definitions for apollyon


  1. New Testament the destroyer, a name given to the Devil (Revelation 9:11)
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Word Origin

C14: via Late Latin from Greek, from apollunai to destroy totally
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Word Origin and History for apollyon


destroying angel of the bottomless pit (a name sometimes given to the Devil), late 14c., from present participle of Greek apollyein "to destroy utterly" (from apo- "from, away from" + olluein "to destroy"); a translation of Hebrew Abaddon (q.v.).

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