Lord of the Flies


noun

a novel (1954) by William Golding.

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British Dictionary definitions for Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

noun

a name for Beelzebub

Word Origin for Lord of the Flies

translation of Hebrew: see Beelzebub
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Cultural definitions for Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

(1954) A dark, allegorical novel by the British writer William Golding about a group of boys stranded on a desert island. Despite their attempts to establish a civilized democratic society, the boys eventually revert to totalitarianism and primitive savagery. Golding won the 1983 Nobel Prize for literature.

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