An ancient Ammonite deity worshiped by the Canaanites, Phoenician and related cultures in North Africa and the Levant.
(figuratively) A person or thing demanding or requiring a very costly sacrifice.
Other Word Forms of Moloch
Origin of Moloch
Late Latin Moloch from Greek Molokh from Hebrew Mōlek of Canaanite origin mlk in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Ammonite god, worshipped by Canaanites and Phoenicians, who demanded child-sacrifice. Mentioned in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
From the Proto-Semitic *malk- (“king").
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