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ˈmoʊ lɒk, ˈmɒl əkmoloch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Molochnoun

    a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice

    "the great Moloch of war"; "duty has become the Moloch of modern life"- Norman Douglas

  2. Moloch, Molechnoun

    god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children

  3. molochnoun

    any lizard of the genus Moloch


  1. Molochnoun

    An ancient Ammonite deity worshiped by the Canaanites, Phoenician and related cultures in North Africa and the Levant.

  2. Molochnoun

    A person or thing demanding or requiring a very costly sacrifice.

  3. molochnoun

    Any of several Australian lizards of the genus Moloch

  4. Etymology: From the.


  1. moloch

    Moloch is a term with different applications, primarily: 1. In the context of ancient religion, Moloch is the biblical name of a Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice. The name of this deity is also sometimes spelled Molech, Milcom, or Malcam. 2. In modern usage, the word is often used metaphorically to refer to something that demands a very high cost or sacrifice, particularly at the expense of personal values, health, or well-being. It can also refer to a powerful or tyrannical entity or system. 3. In zoology, Moloch is a genus of Australian lizards, commonly known as Thorny Devils.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Molochnoun

    the fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied figuratively

  2. Molochnoun

    a spiny Australian lizard (Moloch horridus). The horns on the head and numerous spines on the body give it a most formidable appearance

  3. Etymology: [Heb. molek king.]


  1. Moloch

    Moloch – also rendered as Molech, Molekh, Molok, Molek, Molock, Moloc, Melech, Milcom or Molcom – is the name of an ancient Ammonite god. Moloch worship was practiced by the Canaanites, Phoenician and related cultures in North Africa and the Levant. As a god worshipped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites, Moloch had associations with a particular kind of propitiatory child sacrifice by parents. Moloch figures in the Book of Deuteronomy and in the Book of Leviticus as a form of idolatry. In the Old Testament, Gehenna was a valley by Jerusalem, where apostate Israelites and followers of various Baalim and Caananite gods, including Moloch, sacrificed their children by fire. Moloch has been used figuratively in English literature from John Milton's Paradise Lost to Allen Ginsberg's "Howl", to refer to a person or thing demanding or requiring a very costly sacrifice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moloch

    mō′lok, n. a Phœnician god to which human sacrifices were offered: an exceedingly spiny Australian lizard—also Mō′lech.—v.t. Mō′lochise, to sacrifice as to Moloch.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Moloch

    or Molech, the chief god of the Ammonites, the worship of whom, which prevailed among all the Canaanites, was accompanied with cruelties, human sacrifices among others, revolting to the humane spirit of the Jewish religion; originally it appears to have been the worship of fire, through which the innocent as well as the guilty have often to pass for the achievement of the noblest enterprises, which degenerated at length into selfish sacrifices of others for interests of one's own, into the substitution of the innocent for the guilty by way of atonement to the Deity!


  1. Moloch

    (Mo′loch). A god of the Phoenicians to whom human victims, principally children, were sacrificed. Moloch is figurative of the influence which impels us to sacrifice that which we ought to cherish most dearly.

    “First Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents’ tears, Though for the noise of drums and timbrels loud, Their children’s cries unheard, that poured through fire To this grim idol.” (Milton.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moloch in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moloch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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