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Babylonian

[bab-uh-loh-nee-uh n, -lohn-yuh n] /ˌbæb əˈloʊ ni ən, -ˈloʊn yən/
adjective, Also, Babylonish
1.
of or relating to Babylon or Babylonia.
2.
extremely luxurious.
3.
wicked; sinful.
noun
4.
an inhabitant of ancient Babylonia.
5.
the dialect of Akkadian spoken in Babylonia.
Compare Akkadian (def 1).
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; Babyloni(a) + -an
Related forms
post-Babylonian, adjective
pre-Babylonian, adjective
pseudo-Babylonian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Babylonian

Babylonian

/ˌbæbɪˈləʊnɪən/
noun
1.
an inhabitant of ancient Babylon or Babylonia
2.
the extinct language of Babylonia, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family: a dialect of Akkadian
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Babylon or Babylonia, its people, or their language
4.
decadent or depraved
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Word Origin and History for Babylonian
n.

1560s; see Babylon + -ian. From 1630s as an adjective. Earlier in the adjectival sense was Babylonical (1530s).

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