- an ancient city of SW Asia, on the Euphrates River, famed for its magnificence and culture: capital of Babylonia and later of the Chaldean empire.
- any rich and magnificent city believed to be a place of excessive luxury and wickedness.
- a city on S Long Island, in SE New York.
- an ancient empire in SW Asia, in the lower Euphrates valley: its greatest period was 2800–1750 b.c. Capital: Babylon.
Examples from the Web for babylon
But Babylon asks us to do a little more: It wants us to empathize.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
O daughter of Babylon… Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
Read Psalm 137, the one that was turned into the catchy reggae song “Rivers of Babylon.”
The Israelites were carried off to Babylon, where they wept by the waters.ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
July 7, 2014
The many glories of Babylon, for example, lay unexplored not far from the boundaries of Baghdad.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
But Babylon was made into one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It reminds me, a captive by the waters of Babylon, that God is ever with the friendless.Leila, Complete
Like the handwriting on the wall in Babylon, it had taken place in silence.Murder Point
The prophet Daniel speaks more than once of the magicians of Babylon.The Phantom World
Forthwith Cyrus pressed on towards Babylon, his troops in battle order.Cyropaedia
- the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia: first settled around 3000 bcSee also Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- offensive (in Protestant polemic) the Roman Catholic Church, regarded as the seat of luxury and corruption
- derogatory any society or group in a society considered as corrupt or as a place of exile by another society or group, esp White Britain as viewed by some West Indians
- the southern kingdom of ancient Mesopotamia: a great empire from about 2200–538 bc, when it was conquered by the Persians
Word Origin and History for babylon
mid-14c., from Greek version of Akkadian Bab-ilani "the gate of the gods," from bab "gate" + ilani, plural of ilu "god" (cf. Babel). The Old Persian form, Babiru-, shows characteristic transformation of -l- to -r- in words assimilated from Semitic.
The capital of the ancient empire of Babylonia, which conquered Israel in the sixth century b.c. The Jews (see also Jews) were exiled to Babylon, which they found luxurious and corrupt. The prophet Daniel became a counselor to the king of Babylon (see the handwriting on the wall), and eventually the Israelites were allowed to return to their homeland. (See also Daniel in the lions' den.)