noun \ˈje-zə-ˌbel\

Definition of JEZEBEL

:  the Phoenician wife of Ahab who according to the account in I and II Kings pressed the cult of Baal on the Israelite kingdom but was finally killed in accordance with Elijah's prophecy
often not capitalized :  an impudent, shameless, or morally unrestrained woman

Examples of JEZEBEL

  1. <as far as the family matriarch was concerned, her son's fiancée was a gold digger and a Jezebel>

Origin of JEZEBEL

Hebrew Izebhel
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to JEZEBEL


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(died c. 843 BC) In the Hebrew scriptures, the wife of King Ahab of Israel. The daughter of the priest-king Ethbaal of Tyre and Sidon, she persuaded Ahab to introduce the worship of the Tyrian god Baal-Melkart into Israel, thus interfering with the exclusive worship of Yahweh. The book of 1 Kings tells how she was opposed by Elijah. After Ahab's death Jezebel's son Jehoram became king of Israel, but Elisha encouraged a general, Jehu, to revolt. Jehoram was killed, and Jezebel was thrown from a window to her death. Dogs consumed most of her body, fulfilling a prophecy by Elijah. In history and literature she became the archetype of the wicked woman.


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