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[bee-el-zuh-buhb, beel-zuh-]
  1. the chief devil; Satan.
  2. a devil.
  3. (in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan.
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Historical Examples

  • They're given over to the worship of Beelzebub—half these church-going folks!

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • You know, Beelzebub is positively the worst mare in the Valley.

  • You are a fair and shining vessel (of a kind), but Beelzebub's at your heart.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Grandfather of Beelzebub, is this a place to lie worshiping your fiends?

  • Blythe had been re-christened "Beelzebub" as an acknowledgment of the greatness of his fall.

British Dictionary definitions for beelzebub


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

Old English Belzebub, ultimately from Hebrew bá`al zebūb, literally: lord of flies
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Word Origin and History for beelzebub


Old English Belzebub, Philistine god worshipped at Ekron (2 Kings i:2), from Latin, used in Vulgate for New Testament Greek beelzeboub, from Hebrew ba'al-z'bub "lord of the flies," from ba'al "lord" + z'bhubh "fly." By later Christian writers often taken as another name for "Satan," though Milton made him one of the fallen angels.

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beelzebub in Culture



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

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


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