(Old Testament) the Philistine mistress of Samson who betrayed him by cutting off his hair and so deprived him of his strength
enchantress, temptress, siren, Delilah, femme fatale(noun)
a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
The mistress of Samson who betrays him to the Philistines.
A beautiful, cunning and treacherous woman; a femme fatale.
Though she is something of a Delilah, she is still considered the heroine of the novel.
of biblical origin.
Origin: Of uncertain origin, often defined as meaning "delightful, seductive".
the mistress of Samson, who betrayed him (Judges xvi.); hence, a harlot; a temptress
Delilah appears only in the Hebrew bible Book of Judges 16, where she is the "woman in the valley of Sorek" whom Samson loved, and who was his downfall. Her figure, one of several dangerous temptresses in the Hebrew bible, has become emblematic: "Samson loved Delilah, she betrayed him, and, what is worse, she did it for money". Madlyn Kahr begins her study of the Delilah motif in European painting. The story of Samson in Judges 13-16 portrays a man who was given great strength by God but who ultimately lost his strength through Delilah inviting someone to shave his hair while he slept. Samson was born into an Israelite family, the son of Manoah and his wife who is never named. Both are visited by the Angel of the Lord and told that their child will be a Nazirite from birth.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dē-lī′la, n. the Philistine woman who befooled Samson: a courtesan who seduces a man to betray secrets: a light woman, strumpet.—Also Dalī′la.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the Philistine woman who beguiled and betrayed Samson.
The numerical value of Delilah in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Delilah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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