Delilah

[dih-lahy-luh]
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noun
  1. Samson's mistress, who betrayed him to the Philistines. Judges 16.
  2. a seductive and treacherous woman.
  3. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “delicate.”
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  • And into the arms and to the tender mercies of this Delilah I had given myself.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • To think that I was no better than a Delilah when I met you first!

  • For even Delilah was a Philistine, and by her perfidy served her country.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • In old days she would have been a Cleopatra, a Theodora, a Delilah.

  • She was bought by Grell to play the part of Delilah to the blackmailer.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest


British Dictionary definitions for delilah

Delilah

noun
  1. Samson's Philistine mistress, who deprived him of his strength by cutting off his hair (Judges 16:4–22)
  2. a voluptuous and treacherous woman; temptress
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Word Origin and History for delilah

Delilah

"temptress, treacherous lover," 1590s, from the name of the woman who seduced and betrayed Samson in Judges, from Hebrew Delilah, literally "delicate, languishing, amorous," from Semitic root d-l-l "to hang down, to languish."

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