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What Is The Origin Of The Word "Behemoth"?
What exactly is a behemoth? Well, the original behemoth was found in the ... duh, duh, duh ... Bible.
Origin of behemoth
historical usage of behemoth
Much folklore has arisen around behemoth. One story has it that behemoth, separated from its aquatic counterpart leviathan at the dawn of creation, will be reunited with it in an epic battle on Judgment Day in which each will slay the other. Following this biblical King Kong vs. Godzilla match, both animals will be served up as a feast for the remaining faithful.
Behemoth makes an appearance in such classics of literature as John Milton's Paradise Lost, Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, and James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Today we use it to apply to anything large, powerful, and often unwieldy.
popular references for behemoth
— Behemoth: Thomas Hobbes's 1681 book on the English Civil Wars, from the Scottish revolution in 1637 to the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.
—Behemoth: A character in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Behemoth is a walking, talking, gun-toting black cat, and a demon in disguise.
—Behemoth: A Polish rock band, playing what's known as blackened death metal, a mix of black metal and thrash metal music.
—The Behemoth: A video game development company, creators of the popular video games Alien Hominid (2004) and Castle Crashers (2008).
— Behemoth: The second book in Scott Westerfield’s steampunk young adult series, published in 2010.
Quotations related to behemoth
- "Whom the Hebrues call Bemoth that doth in latin playne expresse / A beast rude full of cursednesse. "-John Lydgate Troy Book, II. xvii (1430)
- "Behemoth, biggest born of earth. "-John Milton Paradise Lost (1667)
- "[T]he unwieldy behemoths of the old economy are falling over each other to reinvent their identities. "-Oliver Burkeman If the name fits… Guardian (January 8, 2001)
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MORE ABOUT BEHEMOTH
What is a behemoth?
A behemoth is a thing or creature of enormous size or power, as in An elephant is a behemoth that even lions and rhinos are afraid of.
The word Behemoth also refers to a monstrous creature from the Bible. In Job 40:15, an unknown large animal is referred to as a behemoth and is said to have immense power and eat grass. It is commonly thought that the animal being described is actually a hippopotamus.
Example: The powerful company is a behemoth in the electronics industry, dominating the market.
Where does behemoth come from?
The first records of the word behemoth come from around 1350. It comes from the Hebrew bəhēmōth, a plural form of the word bəhēmāh, meaning “beast.” It is thought that the plural was used in the Bible to emphasize the creature’s might or monstrous size.
Interestingly, behemoth isn’t the only word we use based on a monstrous creature from the Bible. The word leviathan comes from the name of a giant aquatic beast mentioned in the Bible. According to one legend, the behemoth and leviathan will have a fierce battle on Judgment Day. Today, most people are likely unaware of the Biblical origins of behemoth. Now, the word is used generally to describe anything that is monstrous in size or power.
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How is behemoth used in real life?
Behemoth is a word people use to refer to someone or something that is very large and/or very powerful.
6-foot-6 behemoth Bryce Ball crushed that one, homer on a shin-high pitch. Think some teams are gonna regret passing on him all the way to #Braves in 24th round?
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) February 26, 2020
Amazon is a behemoth to deal with because they've sprawled into so many industries. In addition to selling products on their site, they do fulfillment for Ebay and Etsy; they have their own film studios; they own Whole Foods; the US Navy and NASA uses their web services.
— Charles Preston (@_CharlesPreston) December 14, 2019
Huge props to the entire crew that put together this behemoth of a show. All the tech, camera, audio, rigging, transport everything!
— Trevor Henry (@Quickshot) November 5, 2017
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How to use behemoth in a sentence
Representatives of McDonald’s workers had asked Emanuel to recuse himself, citing Littler Mendelson’s legal work for McDonald’s as the fast-food behemoth sought to help franchisees fend off the protests over wages and unionization.“Cover Up”: House Democrats Subpoena Documents That NLRB Refused to Share in Ethics Investigation|by Ian MacDougall|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
There is no need for our renewable energy transition to be subject to the constraints imposed by a fossil fuel behemoth.The Franchise Agreement Ending Offers San Diego a Chance for a Fresh Start|Amanda Moser and Shauna McKenna|September 8, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The Elon Musk-led electric vehicle behemoth saw a 13% surge from bullish investors and traders on Monday following its 5-for-1 stock split— building on roaring momentum that’s seen the stock skyrocket 479% this year.Tesla bulls dig in their hooves after company’s $5 billion capital raise announcement|Anne Sraders|September 1, 2020|Fortune
The talk of turning Mumbai into a global financial behemoth isn’t new, but little effort has been made to turn that dream into a reality.What Mumbai needs to do to replace Hong Kong as Asia’s main financial hub|Prathamesh Mulye|July 19, 2020|Quartz
For the foreseeable future, we will all continue to work tirelessly to fight this behemoth virus.How to speed up medical breakthroughs in the post-COVID world|jakemeth|July 15, 2020|Fortune
It was a decades-old howitzer Burns called a “multi-ton behemoth” and the atomic shell had a range of only ten miles.
After all, his next project is naming a street for Josef Brodsky, an even more outspoken enemy of the Soviet behemoth.
Ours is the Caiman model, a 6x6 behemoth that weighs in at over 15 tons and makes Humvees shrivel up with feelings of inadequacy.
What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him.
Colbert and Lampkin are not alone in their distaste for the online behemoth.
It goes to show that our doctrine is of God, else "behemoth would lie under shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens."Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
A great behemoth of a war-captain; one of the fiercest, inflexiblest, ruggedest creatures ever made in the form of man.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
In the first place, it is evident that we may dismiss from our minds the idea that the Behemoth was an extinct pachyderm.
Assuming, therefore, that the Behemoth is identical with the hippopotamus, we will proceed with the description.
All created beings, from Behemoth to a butterfly, dread and fly (as best they may) that universal butcher—man.George Bowring - A Tale Of Cader Idris|R. D. Blackmore