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Jezebel

[ jez-uh-bel, -buhl ]
/ ˈdʒɛz əˌbɛl, -bəl /
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noun
Also Douay Bible, Jez·a·bel . the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. 1 Kings 16:31.
(often lowercase) a wicked, shameless woman.
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Origin of Jezebel

First recorded in 1550–60 for def. 2; from Hebrew Izebhel, of uncertain origin and meaning, -zebhel perhaps representing the divine title “prince”

OTHER WORDS FROM Jezebel

Jez·e·be·li·an [jez-uh-bee-lee-uhn, -beel-yuhn], /ˌdʒɛz əˈbi li ən, -ˈbil yən/, Jez·e·bel·ish [jez-uh-bel-ish], /ˈdʒɛz əˌbɛl ɪʃ/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for Jezebel

Jezebel
/ (ˈdʒɛzəˌbɛl, -bəl) /

noun
Old Testament the wife of Ahab, king of Israel: she fostered the worship of Baal and tried to destroy the prophets of Israel (I Kings 18:4–13); she was killed by Jehu (II Kings 9:29–37)
(sometimes not capital) a shameless or scheming woman
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Cultural definitions for Jezebel

Jezebel
[ (jez-uh-bel) ]

In the Old Testament, an immoral, cruel queen of Israel who attempted to kill Elijah and other prophets of God.

notes for Jezebel

A “jezebel” is a scheming and shamelessly evil woman.
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