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Examples of behemoth in a Sentence
the newest SUV is a gas-guzzling behemoth that doesn't even fit in a standard parking space
Recent Examples of behemoth from the Web
After the event, however, Feinstein had a word of warning for Facebook and the other social-media behemoths that call California home.
Is not one of his subordinates or one of his former fellow attorneys general or any number of the host of conservative Republicans who have devoted their lives to fighting the federal behemoth on issues of industrial environmental regulations?
Local and state officials have amassed a bevy of incentives to attract the technology and retail behemoth.
The Cubs and Anheuser-Busch entered into a multi-year marketing deal in 2013 that makes the global behemoth the exclusive beer sponsor at Wrigley Field.
One is a gentle behemoth of a man dubbed Babe the Blue Ox, the other George, who proves to be gay, and who in the world of fishermen where everyone has a nickname, becomes Gloria.
Only one near-future facility can easily pierce the Milky Way’s luminous veil: the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a behemoth of an observatory with an 8.4-meter, wide-field mirror hooked up to a three-gigapixel camera.
In addition to the road failures in Dearborn, a behemoth of a crevice — an approximately 43-inch-long pothole on Ford Road in Canton required a sharp swerve to avoid it.
More money is flowing to companies that help retailers stave off the behemoth of digital commerce.
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Did You Know?
The original behemoth was biblical; it designated a mysterious river-dwelling beast in the Book of Job. Based on that description, scholars have concluded that the biblical behemoth was probably inspired by a hippopotamus, but details about the creature's exact nature were vague. The word first passed from the Hebrew into Late Latin, where, according to English poet and monk John Lydgate, writing in 1430, it "playne expresse[d] a beast rude full of cursednesse." In English, behemoth was eventually applied more generally to anything large and powerful.
Origin and Etymology of behemoth
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BEHEMOTH Defined for English Language Learners
: something very big and powerful
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