Belial

noun
Be·​lial | \ ˈbē-lē-əl How to pronounce Belial (audio) , ˈbēl-yəl \

Definition of Belial

1 a biblical name of the devil or one of the fiends
2 : one of the fallen angels in Milton's Paradise Lost

First Known Use of Belial

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Belial

Greek, from Hebrew bĕlīyaʽal worthlessness

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“Belial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Belial. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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