: an evil spirit of the wilderness to which a scapegoat was sent by the ancient Hebrews in a ritual of atonement

Word History


Hebrew ʽăzāzēl

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Azazel was in 1639

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“Azazel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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