Moloch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moloch any lizard of the genus Moloch
    • n Moloch god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
    • n Moloch a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice "the great Moloch of war","duty has become the Moloch of modern life"- Norman Douglas"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moloch (Zoöl) A spiny Australian lizard (Moloch horridus). The horns on the head and numerous spines on the body give it a most formidable appearance.
    • Moloch (Script) The fire god of the Ammonites in Canaan, to whom human sacrifices were offered; Molech. Also applied figuratively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moloch The chief god of the Phenicians, frequently mentioned in Scripture as the god of the Ammonites, whose worship consisted chiefly of human sacrifices, ordeals by fire, mutilation, etc.: also identified with the god of the Carthaginians called by classical writers Kronos or Saturn. Hence the word has now become a designation of any baneful influence to which everything is sacrificed.
    • n moloch [NL.] The typical genus of Molochinæ. There is but one species, M. horridus of Australia, one of the most repulsive, though in reality one of the most harmless, of reptiles, the horns on the head and the numerous spines on the body giving it a formidable aspect.
    • n moloch [lowercase] A lizard of this genus: as, the spiny moloch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Moloch mō′lok a Phœnician god to which human sacrifices were offered: an exceedingly spiny Australian lizard—also Mō′lech
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Heb. molek, king

Usage

In literature:

These finally seduced him into permitting temples to be built to Moloch and their other false gods.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Capitalism's only aim was the accumulation of profits, of wealth and power, and to this moloch everything else was ruthlessly sacrificed.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 4, June 1906" by Various
I'm a sort of modern Moloch!
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
His palace was hell, and he the most execrable of fiends, a cross between Moloch and Puck.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Baal and Moloch were adored in Judah and Israel as well as in Tyre and Sidon.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
No one knows all the children sacrificed to Moloch.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
And it may well be that he chooses Moloch and Saturn as representing the cruellest and most debased forms of heathenism.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
Until then the Moloch of Iniquity will have his victims, even if the Michael of Justice must have his martyrs.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester
Moloch says his say from the Miltonic Satan, with a slight new reading.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 353, March 1845" by Various
The Fire Fiend was hungry as Moloch of old, And knew not the meaning of pity.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 20, 1887." by Various
This was the high priest of Moloch's temple.
"Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity" by Alexandre Kuprin
Moloch of old was great; so great that he demanded and got the sacrifice of a child now and then.
"Victory out of Ruin" by Norman Maclean
From its dictates there is no appeal; health and decency are alike offered up at the shrine of this Moloch.
"Dress as a Fine Art" by Mary Philadelphia Merrifield
I'm sure our ancestors sang the same song when they threw their victims to Moloch.
"The Joy of Living (Es lebe das Leben)" by Hermann Sudermann
In the service of a Moloch sensual passion may exist, but not love.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
What sacrifices has Moloch already required!
"The Breaking of the Storm, Vol. III." by Friedrich Spielhagen
Such was the unnecessary sacrifice of life to this Moloch of our generation!
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The worshippers of Moloch would have shrunk From such a day of death.
"The Blood of Rachel" by Cotton Noe
Moloch, Belial, and Mammon, had likewise been admitted to his confidence.
"The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's" by David Masson
But parents have not altogether given up sacrificing their own health and the health of their children to the Moloch of fashion.
"How to be Happy Though Married" by Edward John Hardy
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In poetry:

God directing every blow,
Strike with all the strength ye know
Lay the bloody Moloch low;
Down with Slavery!
"A Battle-Cry" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
It is the Moloch of the dawn,
Capital calling for its prey—
Men, women and little boys and girls,
It's human sacrifice each day.
"Ballad of The Seven O'Clock Whistle" by Richard Le Gallienne
Straining with lust to stamp
Our likeness on the abyss-
Bombs, gallows, Belsen camp,
Pox, polio, Thais' kiss
Or Judas, Moloch's fires
And Torquemada's (sons resemble sires).
"Prelude to Space" by C S Lewis
Dark Moloch of the barbarous north,
A world in arms thee summons forth
To answer at her bar.
Say, why must hecatombs of slain
Thy horrid altar heap in vain,
To glut thy lust of war?
"Battle of The Alma" by Janet Hamilton
We have been believers feeding greedy grinning gods, like a
Moloch demanding our sons and our daughters, our
strength and our wills and our spirits of pain. We have
been believers, silent and stolid and stubborn and
strong.
"We Have Been Believers" by Margaret Walker