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In the Bible, the son of Adam and Eve who was slain by his elder brother, Cain.


(Bible) Old Testament the second son of Adam and Eve, a shepherd, murdered by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1–8)


(ˈeɪ bəl)

the second son of Adam and Eve, slain by his brother, Cain. Gen. 4.
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Noun1.Abel - Norwegian mathematician (1802-1829)
2.Abel - (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of ManAbel - (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible


[ˈeɪbl] nAbele m
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They said that it meant Abel, so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman's strength.
There were four patriarchs and two prophets on the Grand Stand that time - there hasn't been anything like it since Captain Kidd came; Abel was there - the first time in twelve hundred years.
Magwitch," he answered, in the same tone; "chrisen'd Abel.
I have been informed by a person named Abel Magwitch, that he is the benefactor so long unknown to me.
I was ready enough to go off wandering on the face of the earth--and that was price enough to pay for an Abel of that sort.
Cain's envy was the more vile and malignant, towards his brother Abel, because when his sacrifice was better accepted, there was no body to look on.
We have seen Titian's celebrated Cain and Abel, his David and Goliah, his Abraham's Sacrifice.
This sweat- bestained handkerchief terrified Philippe, as the gore of Abel frightened Cain.
Abel thought, like the servants at The Shrubs, that the strange man belonged to the unpleasant "kin" who are among the troubles of the rich; she had at first referred the kinship to Mr.
Abel and her husband can relieve or aid me, if necessary.
There appeared to be another shaking of hands in consequence, and when it was over, the old gentleman said that, though he said it who should not, he believed no son had ever been a greater comfort to his parents than Abel Garland had been to his.
You see, Mr Witherden,' said the old lady, 'that Abel has not been brought up like the run of young men.