Babylonian

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Babylōnius (of Babylon, Babylonian) (from Ancient Greek Βαβυλώνιος (Babulṓnios)) +‎ -an; corresponding to Babylon +‎ -ian.

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Babylonian (not comparable)

  1. (historical) Pertaining to the city of Babylon, or the Babylonian Empire. [from 16th c.]
  2. (obsolete, derogatory) Roman Catholic (with reference to e.g. Revelation 14–18). [16th–19th c.]
    • 1790, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, Oxford 2009, p. 29:
      [W]e, on our parts, have learned to speak only the primitive language of the law, and not the confused jargon of their Babylonian pulpits.
  3. Characteristic of Babylon or its civilization and inhabitants; huge, decadent, indulgent. [from 17th c.]

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Noun[edit]

Babylonian (plural Babylonians)

  1. An inhabitant of the city of Babylon.
  2. An inhabitant of Babylonia (which included Chaldea); a Chaldean.
  3. An astrologer; so called because the Chaldeans were remarkable for the study of astrology.

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Babylonian

  1. A later form of Akkadian language spoken in Babylonia in 1950 BC – 100 AD.

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