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 (mō′lŏk′, mŏl′ək) also Mo·lech (mō′lĕk′, mŏl′ək)
1. In the Bible, the god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom children were sacrificed.
2. Something possessing the power to exact severe sacrifice.

[Late Latin Moloch, from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew Mōlek, of Canaanite origin; see mlk in Semitic roots.]


 (mō′lŏk′, mŏl′ək)
[New Latin Moloch, thorny devil genus name, from Late Latin Moloch, the deity Moloch; see Moloch.]


(Animals) a spiny Australian desert-living lizard, Moloch horridus, that feeds on ants: family Agamidae (agamas). Also called: mountain devil or spiny lizard


(ˈməʊlɒk) or


(Bible) Old Testament a Semitic deity to whom parents sacrificed their children


(ˈmoʊ lɒk, ˈmɒl ək)

1. a deity who was propitiated by the sacrificial burning of children. II Kings 23:10, Jer. 32:35.
2. (l.c.) a spiny lizard, Moloch horridus, of Australian deserts.
[< Late Latin < Greek Móloch < Hebrew Mōlekh, alter. of melekh king]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Moloch - a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrificeMoloch - a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice; "the great Moloch of war"; "duty has become the Moloch of modern life"- Norman Douglas
power, force - one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
2.Moloch - god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their childrenMoloch - god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
3.Moloch - any lizard of the genus Molochmoloch - any lizard of the genus Moloch  
agamid, agamid lizard - a lizard of the family Agamidae
genus Moloch - genus of Australian desert lizard
Moloch horridus, spiny lizard, mountain devil - desert lizard that feeds on ants


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References in classic literature ?
First MOLOCH, horrid King besmear'd with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents tears, Though for the noyse of Drums and Timbrels loud Their childrens cries unheard, that past through fire To his grim Idol.
We descended to the canon again, and then the guide began to give name and history to every bank and boulder we came to: "This was the Field of Blood; these cuttings in the rocks were shrines and temples of Moloch; here they sacrificed children; yonder is the Zion Gate; the Tyropean Valley, the Hill of Ophel; here is the junction of the Valley of Jehoshaphat--on your right is the Well of Job." We turned up Jehoshaphat.
``Alas!'' said the fair Jewess, ``and what is it, valiant knight, save an offering of sacrifice to a demon of vain glory, and a passing through the fire to Moloch? What remains to you as the prize of all the blood you have spilled of all the travail and pain you have endured of all the tears which your deeds have caused, when death hath broken the strong man's spear, and overtaken the speed of his war-horse?''