- a deity whose worship was marked by the propitiatory sacrifice of children by their own parents. II Kings 23:10; Jer. 32:35.
- anything conceived of as requiring appalling sacrifice: the Moloch of war.
- (lowercase) a spiny agamid lizard, Moloch horridus, of Australian deserts, that resembles the horned lizard.
Origin of Moloch
Examples from the Web for moloch
While Ichabod is checking for non-existent cell service, Abbie learns that Moloch is planning to release a demon army on earth.Naked Ben Franklin Christens the Campy Return of ‘Sleepy Hollow’
September 23, 2014
What Moloch was this to which she was going to sacrifice herself?Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
You give your babies to Moloch for the loaf of bread you have kneaded yourselves.The Octopus
John felt wretched because the Sunday walk had been sacrificed to Moloch.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
Another name by which the Godhead was recognised was Moloch.The Round Towers of Ireland
He broke out into impassioned praise of Astarte, of Melkarth, of Moloch.A King of Tyre
James M. Ludlow
- a spiny Australian desert-living lizard, Moloch horridus, that feeds on ants: family Agamidae (agamas)Also called: mountain devil, spiny lizard
- Old Testament a Semitic deity to whom parents sacrificed their children
Word Origin and History for moloch
Canaanite god said to have been propitiated by sacrificing children (Lev. xviii:21), from Latin Moloch, from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew molekh, from melekh "king," altered by the Jews with the vowel points from basheth "shame" to express their horror of the worship.