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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.
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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]
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(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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References in classic literature ?
I summon all Rather to be in readiness with hand Or counsel to assist, lest I, who erst Thought none my equal, now be overmatched." 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.
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!
"I'm really looking forward to 'Granblue Fantasy Versus,' Will Belial show up in the game?" Takagi asked&nbsp;the producer.
In The Divine Invasion, there are actually two trinities in play: in the first, the reborn savior Emmanuel needs the help of the wizened Elias Tate (Elijah) and the dark-haired Zina Pallas (the Torah) to defeat Belial; in the second, Herb Jackson gets help from Elias Tate--both as a wizened old man on CYR30-CYR30 and as a radio repairman in Zina's world--as well as the help of a divine dark-haired girl, Linda Fox, who, like Armaiti, is a divine spirit in human form.
Hana Kadum [1,2], Azizah Hamid [1], Faridah Abas [1,3], Nurul Shazini Ramli [1], Abdul Karim Sabo Mohammed [1,4] and Belial J.
Sons of Belial, still blowing the Trumpet to Rebellion, and endeavouring to Dethrone the Lords Anointed, and to Involve these Nations in a Miserable and Bloody War, a Lamentable Confusion and Ruin." (25) Thirtieth of January sermons were useful for such polemical purposes, as especially were sermons on Romans 13:1: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.