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moloch 1

Syllabification: mo·loch
Pronunciation: /ˈmälək/
/ˈmōˌläk/

noun

A harmless spiny lizard of grotesque appearance that feeds chiefly on ants and is found in arid inland Australia.
  • Moloch horridus, family Agamidae

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Moloch 2 Syllabification: Mo·loch
Pronunciation: /ˈmälək/
/ˈmōˌläk/
1A Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.
1.1 (as noun a Moloch) A tyrannical object of sacrifices.
Example sentences
  • The spelling reform is a Moloch in the days of empty coffers, which will cost everyone a huge amount.
  • There is no excuse for any parent who would knowingly sacrifice his son or daughter to the fires of this Moloch, no excuse for wittingly allowing a child to remain within the system for one day longer than necessary!

Origin

Via late Latin from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew mōleḵ.

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