Definition of behemoth in English:


Line breaks: be|he¦moth
Pronunciation: /bɪˈhiːmɒθ
, ˈbiːhɪˌməʊθ


  • 1A huge or monstrous creature: behemoths like the brontosaurus
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    • The mountains themselves appeared the spiny backbones or monstrous prehistoric behemoths that were buried in thousands of layers of earth, and trying in vain to free themselves.
    • Horses are huge, haunch heavy behemoths, built for speed and damn near poetry in motion.
    • A huge behemoth stumped through the side of the house, carefully splashing a thin, clear watery substance from a large can onto the house.
  • 1.1Something enormous, especially a large and powerful organization: shoppers are now more loyal to their local shops than to faceless behemoths
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    • We are also able to attract high-quality people because we are different organisations from the behemoths.
    • Even the biggest unions lack the resources for tackling such behemoths or for organizing whole industries on the scale needed for very fast growth.
    • It's interesting just to list the predecessor organizations included in a few European-owned behemoths.


late Middle English: from Hebrew bĕhēmōṯ, intensive plural of bĕhēmāh 'beast'.

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