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 (bä′äl′, bäl, bāl)
n. pl. Ba·als or Ba·a·lim (bä′ä-lĭm, bä′lĭm)
1. Any of various local fertility and nature gods of the ancient Semitic peoples considered to be false gods by the Hebrews.
2. often baal A false god or idol.

[Hebrew ba'al, lord, Baal; see bʕl in Semitic roots.]

Ba′al′ism n.


1. (Non-European Myth & Legend) any of several ancient Semitic fertility gods
2. (Non-European Myth & Legend) Phoenician myth the sun god and supreme national deity
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) (sometimes not capital) any false god or idol
[from Hebrew bá'al lord, master]


(ˈbeɪ əl, beɪl)

n., pl. Ba•al•im (ˈbeɪ ə lɪm, ˈbeɪ lɪm)
1. any of numerous local ancient Semitic deities typifying the generative forces of nature.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a false god.
[< Hebrew ba‘al lord]
Ba′al•ish, adj.
Ba′al•ism, n.
Ba′al•ist, Ba′al•ite, n.
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Noun1.Baal - any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoplesBaal - any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god
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155) Such a distinction is absent in the ancient Greek, (156) Roman, and Germanic religions, bel, like Hebrew ba'al and Arabic ba'l, in secular contexts refers to a "king, lord, master, owner, husband.
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