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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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Then strait commands that at the warlike sound Of Trumpets loud and Clarions be upreard His mighty Standard; that proud honour claim'd AZAZEL as his right, a Cherube tall: Who forthwith from the glittering Staff unfurld Th' Imperial Ensign, which full high advanc't Shon like a Meteor streaming to the Wind With Gemms and Golden lustre rich imblaz'd, Seraphic arms and Trophies: all the while Sonorous mettal blowing Martial sounds: At which the universal Host upsent A shout that tore Hells Concave, and beyond Frighted the Reign of CHAOS and old Night.
[USA], May 4 (ANI): Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, and Tracy Letts have been roped in for 'French Exit', a comedy film directed by Azazel Jacobs.
Without access to information regarding the origins of the Jewish underground or the names of the heroes who led the fighting, Wishengrad provided listeners with the tools to imagine themselves as if "I have been to Egypt and I am not departed." The themes combine religious tropes of sacrifice (azazel), resistance (the few against the many), remembrance (Egypt), persistence (Rabbi Tarfon), and resilience.
Aided by telepath Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), shape-shifter Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) and five gifted mutants - Angel (Zoe Kravitz), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Darwin (Edi Gathegi) and Havok (Lucas Till) - Erik must stop Shaw, who intends to spark nuclear war aided by mutant sidekicks Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng) and Riptide (Alex Gonzalez).
(To fall out of touch: to fall, like Azazel.) Now, one in seven people on the planet is displaced, their Eden lost to war, epidemics, totalitarian regimes, hunger.
Of one leader of the fallen angels, Azazel, it is said that "he showed them metals and how to work them." (55) The film utilizes these traditions when it shows the men--headed by Tubal Cain--occupied making weapons out of metals, and using them to kill and terrorize women, animals and one another.
The Lovers: Azazel Jacobs' story of two philandering spouses who suddenly become interested in each other again is an off-kilter gem with two marvelous actors in Tracy Letts and Debra Winger.
Meanwhile, Azazel (Brett Donahue) was the one who put Valentine in Magnus' body.
It is modeled on a misreading of the Hebrew azazel (which is probably the name of a demon) as ez 'ozel--"the goat that departs." More modern translations render scapegoat in the text as Azazel, but the misreading endured and has entered the lexicon.