[ uh-zey-zuhl, az-uh-zel ]

  1. the demon or place in the wilderness to which the scapegoat is released in an atonement ritual. Leviticus 16:8, 10, 26.

  2. the scapegoat itself.

Origin of Azazel

From the Hebrew word ʿăzāzēl

Words Nearby Azazel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Azazel in a sentence

  • I wonder if it be supposed by any one that Azazel is in any way a distinct being from the goat.

  • And undoubtedly, when he had got to the spot where the ledge came to an end, Azazel seemed puzzled to know what to do next.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales | Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • I sat myself down with pain and difficulty, for Azazel had bruised me all over, and I felt fearfully stiff and sore.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales | Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • Azazel, Statistics Chief, glanced at a roll of incombustible microfilm, and cleared his throat.

    Satan and the Comrades | Ralph Bennitt
  • The sending of the scape-goat to Azazel marked the abomination in which this lascivious cult was held.

British Dictionary definitions for Azazel


/ (əˈzeɪzəl, ˈæzəˌzɛl) /

  1. Old Testament a desert demon to whom the scapegoat bearing the sins of Israel was sent out once a year on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1–28)

  2. (in later Jewish and Gnostic writings and in Muslim tradition) a prince of demons

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