Beelzebub

[ bee-el-zuh-buhb, beel-zuh- ]
/ biˈɛl zəˌbʌb, ˈbil zə- /

noun

the chief devil; Satan.
a devil.
(in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan.

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British Dictionary definitions for Beelzebub

Beelzebub
/ (bɪˈɛlzɪˌbʌb) /

noun

Old Testament a god of the Philistines (2 Kings 1:2)
Satan or any devil or demon

Word Origin for Beelzebub

Old English Belzebub, ultimately from Hebrew bá`al zebūb, literally: lord of flies
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Cultural definitions for Beelzebub

Beelzebub
[ (bee-el-zuh-bub) ]

Another name for Satan. Originally a Philistine god, he is called the Prince of Devils in the New Testament.

notes for Beelzebub

Beelzebub also appears in Milton's Paradise Lost as one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan in power.

notes for Beelzebub

By extension, a “Beelzebub” is any demon or evil spirit.
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