Moloch

noun
Mo·​loch | \ ˈmä-lək How to pronounce Moloch (audio) , ˈmō-ˌläk How to pronounce Moloch (audio) \

Definition of Moloch

: a Semitic god to whom children were sacrificed

First Known Use of Moloch

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Moloch

Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew Mōlekh

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“Moloch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Moloch. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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