Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) any lizard of the genus Moloch
  2. (noun, person) god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
  3. (noun, person) a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice
    duty has become the Moloch of modern life

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Synonyms of Moloch


Alternate forms of Moloch

Hyponyms: moloch horridus, mountain devil, spiny lizard

Hypernyms: agamid, agamid lizard, force, power

Origin of the word Moloch

  1. Canaanite god said to have been propitiated by sacrificing children (Lev. xviii.21), 1661, from L., from Gk. Molokh, from Heb. molekh, from melekh "king," altered by the Jews with the vowel points from basheth "shame." more

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