Baal

[ bey-uh l, beyl ]
/ ˈbeɪ əl, beɪl /
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noun, plural Ba·al·im [bey-uh-lim, bey-lim] /ˈbeɪ ə lɪm, ˈbeɪ lɪm/.

any of numerous local deities among the ancient Semitic peoples, typifying the productive forces of nature and worshiped with much sensuality.
(sometimes lowercase) a false god.

Origin of Baal

From the Hebrew word baʿal lord

Related formsBa·al·ish, adjective

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Baal

/ (bɑːl) /

noun

any of several ancient Semitic fertility gods
Phoenician myth the sun god and supreme national deity
(sometimes not capital) any false god or idol

Word Origin for Baal

from Hebrew bá'al lord, master

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Word Origin and History for baalim

Baal

"The name of many deities of the Semitic peoples" [Klein], late 14c., Biblical use is from Hebrew Ba'al, literally "owner, master, lord," from ba'al "he took possession of," also "he married;" related to Akkadian Belu (source of Hebrew Bel), name of Marduk. Also related to the first element in Beelzebub. Used figuratively for any "false god."

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