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[bee-el-zuh-buhb, beel-zuh-] /biˈɛl zəˌbʌb, ˈbil zə-/
the chief devil; Satan.
a devil.
(in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Beelzebub


(Old Testament) a god of the Philistines (2 Kings 1:2)
Satan or any devil or demon
Word Origin
Old English Belzebub, ultimately from Hebrew bá`al zebūb, literally: lord of flies
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Word Origin and History for Beelzebub

Old English Belzebub, Philistine god worshipped at Ekron (2 Kings i:2), from Latin, used in Vulgate for New Testament Greek beelzeboub, from Hebrew ba'al-z'bub "lord of the flies," from ba'al "lord" + z'bhubh "fly." By later Christian writers often taken as another name for "Satan," though Milton made him one of the fallen angels.

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Beelzebub in Culture
Beelzebub [(bee-el-zuh-bub)]

Another name for Satan. Originally a Philistine god, he is called the Prince of Devils in the New Testament.

Note: Beelzebub also appears in Milton's <i>Paradise Lost</i> as one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan in power.
Note: By extension, a “Beelzebub” is any demon or evil spirit.
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Beelzebub in the Bible

(Gr. form Beel'zebul), the name given to Satan, and found only in the New Testament (Matt. 10:25; 12:24, 27; Mark 3:22). It is probably the same as Baalzebub (q.v.), the god of Ekron, meaning "the lord of flies," or, as others think, "the lord of dung," or "the dung-god."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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