noun \ˈmä-lək, ˈmō-ˌläk\

Definition of MOLOCH

:  a Semitic god to whom children were sacrificed

Origin of MOLOCH

Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew Mōlekh
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient Middle Eastern deity to whom children were sacrificed. The laws given to Moses by God expressly forbade the Israelites to sacrifice children to Moloch, as the Egyptians and Canaanites did. A shrine to Moloch outside the walls of Jerusalem was destroyed during the reign of Josiah the reformer.


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