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n. pl. Ash·ta·roth (-rōth′)

[Hebrew 'aštōret; see ʕṯtr in Semitic roots.]


(Other Non-Christian Religions) an ancient Semitic fertility goddess, identified with Astarte and Ishtar


(ˈæʃ təˌrɛθ)

an ancient Semitic goddess, identified with the Phoenician Astarte.
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Noun1.Ashtoreth - an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertilityAshtoreth - an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar
Phenicia, Phoenicia - an ancient maritime country (a collection of city states) at eastern end of the Mediterranean
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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.
With these came they, who from the bordring flood Of old EUPHRATES to the Brook that parts EGYPT from SYRIAN ground, had general Names Of BAALIM and ASHTAROTH, those male, These Feminine.
Noted for their religiosity, the Philistines worshipped a god of grain (Dagon), a god of propagation (Ashtaroth) and a god of habitation (Baal-zebub).
Upon Chemos, Baalim, and Ashtaroth follow (see I.422), then Thammuz (I.446), and finally Belial (I.490).
They placed his armor in the temple of Ashtaroth, and they impaled his body on the wall of Beth-shan.