Belial

[bee-lee-uh l, beel-yuh l]
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noun

Theology. the spirit of evil personified; the devil; Satan.
(in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels.

Origin of Belial

< Hebrew bəliyyaʿal, equivalent to bəlī without + yaʿal, worth, use

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Belial

noun

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

C13: from Hebrew bəlīyya`al, from bəlīy without + ya`al worth

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Word Origin and History for belial

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.

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