Be·​lial ˈbē-lē-əl How to pronounce Belial (audio)
a biblical name of the devil or one of the fiends
: one of the fallen angels in Milton's Paradise Lost

Examples of Belial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the starched prose style of a naturalist, the wizard detailed nearly two decades of spirit conjurations and regular interactions with ancient evil entities such as Paimon and Belial. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022

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Word History


Greek, from Hebrew bĕlīyaʽal worthlessness

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Belial was in the 13th century

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“Belial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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