Delilah

[dih-lahy-luh]

noun

Samson's mistress, who betrayed him to the Philistines. Judges 16.
a seductive and treacherous woman.
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “delicate.”

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Delilah

noun

Samson's Philistine mistress, who deprived him of his strength by cutting off his hair (Judges 16:4–22)
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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