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Babel2

[bey-buh l, bab-uh l]
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noun
  1. an ancient city in the land of Shinar in which the building of a tower (Tower of Babel) intended to reach heaven was begun and the confusion of the language of the people took place. Gen. 11:4–9.
  2. (usually lowercase) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.
  3. (usually lowercase) a scene of noise and confusion.
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Origin of Babel2

From the Hebrew word Bābhel Babylon
Related formsBa·bel·ic [bey-bel-ik, ba-] /beɪˈbɛl ɪk, bæ-/, adjective

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3. tumult, turmoil, uproar, bedlam, clamor.
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  • Everything contributed to make these places typical of Babelic confusion, or Pandemoniac contention.

    The Spy of the Rebellion

    Allan Pinkerton


British Dictionary definitions for babelic

Babel1

noun
  1. Old Testament
    1. Also called: Tower of Babela tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1–9)
    2. the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built
  2. (often not capital)
    1. a confusion of noises or voices
    2. a scene of noise and confusion
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Word Origin

from Hebrew Bābhél, from Akkadian Bāb-ilu, literally: gate of God

Babel2

noun
  1. Issak Emmanuilovich (iˈsak imənuˈiləvitʃ) 1894–1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa (1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)
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Word Origin and History for babelic

Babel

capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Hebrew Babhel (Gen. xi), from Akkadian bab-ilu "Gate of God" (from bab "gate" + ilu "god"). The name is a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning "confused medley of sounds" (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.

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