Definitions for babylonˈbæb ə lən, -ˌlɒn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Bab•y•lonˈbæb ə lən, -ˌlɒn(n.)
an ancient city in SW Asia, on the Euphrates River: capital of Babylonia and later of the Chaldean empire.
Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)
any city regarded as a place of excessive luxury and wickedness.
the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia
Capital of Babylonia in the 2nd and 1st century BC.
Any city of great wealth, luxury and vice.
Term for the so-called white man's civilization.
Origin: From Babylon, from Βαβυλών, from bāb ili ‘Gate of God’, translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir; the name of the ancient Chaldean capital and Biblical city of the Apocalypse.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the capital city of Babylonia, one of the richest and most magnificent cities of the East, the gigantic walls and hanging gardens of which were classed among the seven wonders of the world; was taken, according to tradition, by Cyrus in 538 B.C., by diverting out of their channel the waters of the Euphrates, which flowed through it and by Darius in 519 B.C., through the self-sacrifice of Zophyrus. The name was often metaphorically applied to Rome by the early Christians, and is to-day to great centres of population, such as London, where the overcrowding, the accumulation of material wealth, and the so-called refinements of civilisation, are conceived to have a corrupting effect on the religion and morals of the inhabitants.