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leviathan

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noun le·vi·a·than \li-ˈvī-ə-thən\

Simple Definition of leviathan

  • : something that is very large and powerful

Full Definition of leviathan

  1. 1 a often capitalized :  a sea monster defeated by Yahweh in various scriptural accounts b :  a large sea animal

  2. 2 capitalized :  the political state; especially :  a totalitarian state having a vast bureaucracy

  3. 3 :  something large or formidable

leviathan adjective

Examples of leviathan

  1. The factory is a towering leviathan in the middle of the town.

  2. <a leviathan of the seas, that cruise ship is said to be the largest passenger vessel afloat>



Origin of leviathan

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew liwyāthān


First Known Use: 14th century



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