- (often initial capital letter) Bible. a sea monster.
- any huge marine animal, as the whale.
- anything of immense size and power, as a huge, oceangoing ship.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a philosophical work (1651) by Thomas Hobbes dealing with the political organization of society.
Origin of leviathan
Related Words for leviathanenormous, colossal, monstrous, vast, large, immense, monumental, massive, prodigious, gigantic, gargantuan, huge, humongous, mammoth, towering, tremendous, great, magnificent, giant, extensive
Examples from the Web for leviathan
Contemporary Examples of leviathan
But this is a rare moment where the leviathan can be confronted and restrained.Obama vs. Orwell—The Biggest Fight of His Second Term
December 22, 2013
President Obama is wrestling with the leviathan and much more than just his legacy is at stake.
This is the leviathan that libertarians and conservatives have warned about in sometimes overheated, hyperpartisan terms.
His newest series, Leviathan, is a steampunk reimagining of WWI Europe.The Next Twilight
November 19, 2009
Whatever you think of this leviathan budget, President Obama cannot be accused of being a trimmer, or reticent.The Audacity of Nope
March 1, 2009
Historical Examples of leviathan
When he began to speak of The Leviathan, her face dropped again.
"Tis fortunate I shall be with thee when thou carvest the Leviathan," he said once.Dreamers of the Ghetto
"Make that young Leviathan speak," said Cleever impatiently, above his glass.Soldiers Three, Part II.
Well, you can see from this how the great Leviathan conflict began.Days Off
Henry Van Dyke
Madame began to bridle and to look as ostentatious as a leviathan.The Prophet of Berkeley Square
- Bible a monstrous beast, esp a sea monster
- any huge or powerful thing
Word Origin for leviathan
late 14c., "sea monster, sea serpent," also regarded as a form of Satan, from Late Latin leviathan, from Hebrew livyathan "dragon, serpent, huge sea animal," of unknown origin, perhaps related to liwyah "wreath," from root l-w-h- "to wind, turn, twist." Of powerful persons or things from c.1600. Hobbes's use is from 1651.
A sea monster mentioned in the Book of Job, where it is associated with the forces of chaos and evil.