Babylonian


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Bab·y·lo·ni·an

 (băb′ə-lō′nē-ən)
adj.
1. Of or relating to Babylonia or Babylon or their people, culture, or language.
2. Characterized by a luxurious, pleasure-seeking, and often immoral way of life.
n.
1. A native or inhabitant of Babylon or Babylonia.
2. The form of Akkadian used in Babylonia.

Babylonian

(ˌbæbɪˈləʊnɪən)
n
1. (Historical Terms) an inhabitant of ancient Babylon or Babylonia
2. (Languages) the extinct language of Babylonia, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family: a dialect of Akkadian
adj
3. (Historical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Babylon or Babylonia, its people, or their language
4. decadent or depraved

Bab•y•lo•ni•an

(ˌbæb əˈloʊ ni ən, -ˈloʊn yən)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to Babylon or Babylonia.
2. extremely luxurious.
3. wicked; sinful.
n.
4. a native or inhabitant of ancient Babylon or Babylonia.
5. the dialect of Akkadian spoken in Babylonia.
[1555–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Babylonian - an inhabitant of ancient Babylon
Semite - a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern Africa
Sumerian - a member of a people who inhabited ancient Sumer
2.Babylonian - the ideographic and syllabic writing system in which the ancient Babylonian language was writtenBabylonian - the ideographic and syllabic writing system in which the ancient Babylonian language was written
cuneiform - an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia
Babylon - the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia
Adj.1.Babylonian - of or relating to the city of Babylon or its people or cultureBabylonian - of or relating to the city of Babylon or its people or culture; "Babylonian religion"
Translations

Babylonian

[ˌbæbɪˈləʊnɪən]
A. ADJbabilónico; [person] → babilonio
B. Nbabilonio/a m/f

Babylonian

adjbabylonisch
nBabylonier(in) m(f)

Babylonian

[ˌbæbɪˈləʊnɪən]
1. adjbabilonese
2. n (person) → babilonese m/f; (language) → babilonese m
References in classic literature ?
Emblazonings, as of crowned Babylonian kings and queens, reigned over everything.
This inexplicable incident, this reversal of my previous experience, seemed, like the Babylonian finger on the wall, to be spelling out the letters of my judgment; and I began to reflect more seriously than ever before on the issues and possibilities of my double existence.
Dantes was a man of great simplicity of thought, and without education; he could not, therefore, in the solitude of his dungeon, traverse in mental vision the history of the ages, bring to life the nations that had perished, and rebuild the ancient cities so vast and stupendous in the light of the imagination, and that pass before the eye glowing with celestial colors in Martin's Babylonian pictures.
There is a green fringe of palm and prickly pear round the black mouth of the well; but nothing of the upper masonry remains except two bulky and battered stones standing like the pillars of a gateway of nowhere, in which some of the more transcendental archaeologists, in certain moods at moonrise or sunset, think they can trace the faint lines of figures or features of more than Babylonian monstrosity; while the more rationalistic archaeologists, in the more rational hours of daylight, see nothing but two shapeless rocks.
The particular millionaire who owned the freehold of Wickham Place, and desired to erect Babylonian flats upon it--what right had he to stir so large a portion of the quivering jelly?
The King of Persia also very often reduces the Medes and Babylonians when they assume upon their former power: [1284b] and this is a principle which all governments whatsoever keep in their eye; even those which are best administered, as well as those which are not, do it; these for the sake of private utility, the others for the public good.
They will build as the Egyptians and the Babylonians never dreamed of building; and when the oligarchs have passed away, their great roads and their wonder cities will remain for the brotherhood of labor to tread upon and dwell within.
In summary, this monograph presents an interesting new proposal for the absolute chronology of the Old Babylonian dynasty and gives a balanced discussion of the way in which it affects and relates to the chronology of the surrounding Mesopotamian world.
PRESS PHOTO The Kurdish Globe We sincerely congratulate our Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syriac sisters and brothers in Kurdistan, Iraq and all over the world, thousands of whose families have been forced leave their places of origin and live in refugee camps, on the occasion of the Assyrian and Babylonian New Year and the Akito feasts.
The title role Nabucco, his Babylonian opponent, will be sung by Bill Lewis.
Lambert's Babylonian Oracle Questions is an interesting and important volume that fits well into the Mesopotamian Civilizations (MC) series.
BABYLON draws on recent, ground-breaking advances in the study of cuneiform texts to illuminate the Babylonian environment of the Judean exile, the socio-historical context which gave rise to the transformative era in Second Temple Judaism.