- Theology. the spirit of evil personified; the devil; Satan.
- (in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels.
Origin of Belial
Examples from the Web for belial
Historical Examples of belial
Count not Thy handmaid for a daughter of Belial, wherever she is this day.The Manxman
The ingenuity of these sons of Belial in their pranks was beyond description.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
Simply glancing at it, you groveled hand and foot in Belial's grip.G-r-r-r...!
But how is it,” said I, “that Belial does not wish to have these adorers himself?The Sleeping Bard
He was going to fiddle no more for sons of Belial and daughters of Aholah.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
- a demon mentioned frequently in apocalyptic literature: identified in the Christian tradition with the devil or Satan
- (in the Old Testament and rabbinical literature) worthlessness or wickedness
Word Origin for Belial
early 13c., from Hebrew bel'yya'al "destruction," literally "worthless," from b'li "without" + ya'al "use." Wickedness as an evil force (Deut. xiii:13); later treated as a proper name for Satan (2 Cor. vi:15), though Milton made him one of the fallen angels.