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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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Let this victim to Baal be sent, To the lions the martyr be thrown
They flocked, then, from Lambert to Monk, as sinners flock from Baal to God.
As for those antique floor-cloth & still occasionally seen in the dwellings of the rabble - cloths of huge, sprawling, and radiating devises, stripe-interspersed, and glorious with all hues, among which no ground is intelligible-these are but the wicked invention of a race of time-servers and money-lovers - children of Baal and worshippers of Mammon - Benthams, who, to spare thought and economize fancy, first cruelly invented the Kaleidoscope, and then established joint-stock companies to twirl it by steam.
As Baal he was popular with the Phoenicians; as Belus or Bel he had
As for those captive tribes, themselves were they Who wrought their own captivity, fell off From God to worship calves, the deities Of Egypt, Baal next and Ashtaroth, And all the idolatries of heathen round, Besides their other worse than heathenish crimes; Nor in the land of their captivity Humbled themselves, or penitent besought The God of their forefathers, but so died Impenitent, and left a race behind Like to themselves, distinguishable scarce From Gentiles, but by circumcision vain, And God with idols in their worship joined.
that however we may fancy ourselves alone on the side of good, the King and Lord of men is nowhere without His witnesses; for in every society, however seemingly corrupt and godless, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
The municipal council then worked to find land where the organic waste that can't be treated at the Ain Baal plant could be buried.
IS "placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baal Shamin today and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple," Abdulkarim told AFP news agency.
Baal Shamin is the largest temple in the southern area of Syria.
Once on the holiday of Simhat Torah, the disciples of the Baal Shem Toy were at his home dancing and drinking.
Like all the Ugaritic gods, Baal is customarily regarded as a son of El, the head of the Ugaritic pantheon.
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