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 (mō′lŏk′, mŏl′ək) also Mo·lech (mō′lĕk′, mŏl′ək)
1. In the Bible, the god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom children were sacrificed.
2. Something possessing the power to exact severe sacrifice.

[Late Latin Moloch, from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew Mōlek, of Canaanite origin; see mlk in Semitic roots.]


 (mō′lŏk′, mŏl′ək)
[New Latin Moloch, thorny devil genus name, from Late Latin Moloch, the deity Moloch; see Moloch.]


(Animals) a spiny Australian desert-living lizard, Moloch horridus, that feeds on ants: family Agamidae (agamas). Also called: mountain devil or spiny lizard


(ˈməʊlɒk) or


(Bible) Old Testament a Semitic deity to whom parents sacrificed their children


(ˈmoʊ lɒk, ˈmɒl ək)

1. a deity who was propitiated by the sacrificial burning of children. II Kings 23:10, Jer. 32:35.
2. (l.c.) a spiny lizard, Moloch horridus, of Australian deserts.
[< Late Latin < Greek Móloch < Hebrew Mōlekh, alter. of melekh king]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Moloch - a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrificeMoloch - a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice; "the great Moloch of war"; "duty has become the Moloch of modern life"- Norman Douglas
power, force - one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
2.Moloch - god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their childrenMoloch - god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
3.Moloch - any lizard of the genus Molochmoloch - any lizard of the genus Moloch  
agamid, agamid lizard - a lizard of the family Agamidae
genus Moloch - genus of Australian desert lizard
Moloch horridus, spiny lizard, mountain devil - desert lizard that feeds on ants


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Yet thence his lustful Orgies he enlarg'd Even to that Hill of scandal, by the Grove Of MOLOCH homicide, lust hard by hate; Till good JOSIAH drove them thence to Hell.
The way she tells it, Friars Pardon was a sort of Moloch.
I compared it to the ancient sacrifice of children to the god Moloch that was condemned unequivocally as an abomination in the Hebrew Bible.
It was sacrificed to the Moloch of harebrained economic theories and our rulers' and pundits' self-conceit.
But, like neoliberalism, the voracious penal Moloch grown by America is not a preordained necessity.
From Abu Tor one can see the Temple Mount, and below it the Valley of Gehenna, or "gehinnom," the Hebrew word for hell, a place where tire, cold, and darkness reign together and where children were sacrificed to Moloch.
Metropolis, also made by Fritz Lang, depicts a modernist, futurist city in which an army of workers is reduced to automatons by their labour and, in the vision of Freder--the son of the industrialist master of the city who becomes awakened to the workers' plight--fed to the machine/monster, the Moloch (much as soldiers were sent to their deaths, fed to the machine of war).
Ginsberg had asserted in 1956 in "Footnote to Howl" (Poems 142), the groundbreaking poem in which he celebrated the "angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night" (Poems 134) who had been driven mad when forced to live in a world governed by Moloch.
China, the critics say, props up despotic regimes while bleeding Africa dry of the resources that it needs to feed the Moloch of its expanding economy.
Most of the speaking parts--the Magus, the King, Moloch (the brothel owner) and William Porcus (governor of Marseilles)--received a bravura performance by Diego Metamoros.
Trare Moloch gibbon Haja was less than a month old when she died.
The Holy Child is tempted by an elderly one-eyed whore who works for the evil deity Moloch, while the monks, who should watch out for the Child, are blinded by worldliness, symbolized by the asses' heads they wear.