1 (Fl. 9th century bc), a Phoenician princess, traditionally the great-aunt of Dido and in the Bible the wife of Ahab king of Israel. She was denounced by Elijah for introducing the worship of Baal into Israel (1 Kings 16:31, 21:5-15, 2 Kings 9:30-7). Her use of make-up was especially condemned by Puritan England.
1.1 (as noun a Jezebel) A shameless or immoral woman.
- Of course an actual woman can't live up to that one, but she can be condemned as a Jezebel or like the Whore of Babylon.
- Casting her as a Jezebel deserving of punishment only plays into the view many women already have of their situations.
- The overwhelming, centrifugal Jezebel seduced the singer.
immoral woman, hussy;
informal vamp, man-eater
informal, derogatory tart
British informal, derogatory scrubber, slapper, slag
dated scarlet woman, loose woman, woman of easy virtue, woman of ill repute, fallen woman, wanton, strumpet, trollop
archaic harlot, jade
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