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 (ə-zā′zəl, ăz′ə-zĕl′)
1. In the Bible, the evil spirit in the wilderness to whom a scapegoat was sent on the Day of Atonement.
2. Islam One of the jinn.

[Hebrew 'ăzā'zēl; see ʕzz in Semitic roots.]


(əˈzeɪzəl; ˈæzəˌzɛl)
1. (Bible) Old Testament a desert demon to whom the scapegoat bearing the sins of Israel was sent out once a year on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1–28)
2. (Judaism) (in later Jewish and Gnostic writings and in Muslim tradition) a prince of demons
3. (Islam) (in later Jewish and Gnostic writings and in Muslim tradition) a prince of demons


(əˈzeɪ zəl, ˈæz əˌzɛl)

1. the demon or place in the wilderness to which the scapegoat is released in an atonement ritual. Lev. 16:8, 10, 26.
2. the scapegoat itself.
[< Hebrew ‘ăzāzēl]
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He said the story has "ghosts, mystery, whodunnit, human frailties, crazy characters, Azarel the devil and a dead dog that comes alive." All scenes were shot in Baguio and they hope the setting would help give the work an international feel.
However, a glance at the occurrence in context is sufficient to demonstrate that it has almost certainly arisen from a misplaced waw: 'azar'el w[??]-selemyahu s[??]marya "Azarel and Shelemiah, Shemariah" < *'azar'el w[??]-selemyah u-smarya "*Azarel and Shelemiah and Shemariah." The emendation assumes an error in spacing alone--the conjunction waw 'and' preceding the third name was inadvertently attached to the end of the second name--necessitating a change in neither consonants nor even vocalization (see Japhet 1968: 339 n.
On the day after Yom HaShaoh, we pay tribute to Karoly Pap, the Hungarian writer whose 1937 novel, Azarel, incensed his Jewish contemporariesand who, with many of them, died in Bergen-Belsen just five years later.