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 (bē′lē-əl, bēl′yəl)
1. A personification of wickedness and ungodliness alluded to in the Bible.
2. One of the fallen angels who rebelled against God in Milton's Paradise Lost.


1. (Bible) a demon mentioned frequently in apocalyptic literature: identified in the Christian tradition with the devil or Satan
2. (Judaism) (in the Old Testament and rabbinical literature) worthlessness or wickedness
[C13: from Hebrew bəlīyya`al, from bəlīy without + ya`al worth]


(ˈbi li əl, ˈbil yəl)

1. the spirit of evil personified; the devil; Satan.
2. (in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels.
[Middle English < Late Latin < Hebrew bəliyya‘al=bəlī without + ya‘al worth, use]
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Meanwhile Captain Bildad sat earnestly and steadfastly eyeing Queequeg, and at last rising solemnly and fumbling in the huge pockets of his broad-skirted drab coat, took out a bundle of tracts, and selecting one entitled The Latter Day Coming; or No Time to Lose, placed it in queequeg's hands, and then grasping them and the book with both his, looked earnestly into his eyes, and said, Son of darkness, I must do my duty by thee; I am part owner of this ship, and feel concerned for the souls of all its crew; if thou still clingest to thy Pagan ways, which I sadly fear, I beseech thee, remain not for aye a Belial bondsman.
BELIAL came last, then whom a Spirit more lewd Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love Vice for it self: To him no Temple stood Or Altar smoak'd; yet who more oft then hee In Temples and at Altars, when the Priest Turns Atheist, as did ELY'S Sons, who fill'd With lust and violence the house of God.
Surely,'' said Ambrose, ``he is in the hands of the men of Belial, infesters of these woods, and contemners of the holy text, `Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets naught of evil.
So please you,'' said Ambrose, ``violent hands having been imposed on my reverend superior, contrary to the holy ordinance which I did already quote, and the men of Belial having rifled his mails and budgets, and stripped him of two hundred marks of pure refined gold, they do yet demand of him a large sum beside, ere they will suffer him to depart from their uncircumcised hands.
You believe, and still you are an accomplice of that child of Belial who is called Lord de Winter
So spake the old Serpent, doubting, and from all With clamour was assured their utmost aid At his command; when from amidst them rose Belial, the dissolutest Spirit that fell, The sensualest, and, after Asmodai, The fleshliest Incubus, and thus advised:-- "Set women in his eye and in his walk, Among daughters of men the fairest found.
He realises that a nefarious plot is being hatched by a group of necromancers led by Belial (Olafur Darri Olafsson) to revive the Witch Queen and unleash the plague again.
When an assassin called Belial (Olafur Darri Olafsson) uses dark magic against the Axe and Cross in order to revive the Witch Queen, Kaulder saunters into action, aided and abetted by a sassy British sorceress called Chloe (Rose Leslie).
In the 1890s, just before the international copyright became American statute, two infamous literary pirates (or "bookaneers"), Davenport (accompanied by his sidekick Fergins) and his adversary Belial (posing as a missionary), set out separately for the frail Stevenson's final place of residence in Samoa to pilfer the manuscript and sell it to a New York publisher before the copyright law goes into effect.
Scientific sons of Belial can infiltrate these reputable health agencies.
There's a sharp delineation between "goodies" - the long-suffering slaves, and the story's baddies, the brutal ruling classes, personified by Adam Morris's Parson Lucy, a Bible-spouting Belial who has avaricious aspirations and an absolute faith in white man's superiority.
4) Annyssa Belial & Louise Doswald Beck, Evaluating the Use of Force During the Arab Spring, 14 Y.