Jezebel

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Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew אִיזֶבֶל ('izével).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛzəˌbɛl/

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Jezebel

  1. (biblical) The Phoenician princess and Queen of Ancient Israel who appears in the Old Testament (1 Kings). She incited heresy and lured the Jews away from their God and back to idols. Jezebel was finally deposed by Jehu, who confronted her and had her thrown from the palace window to the streets, where her body was eaten by wild dogs.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XI:
      “I know if anyone called me a carrot-topped Jezebel, umbrage is the first thing I'd take. Who was Jezebel, by the way? The name seems familiar, but I can't place her.” “A character in the Old Testament, sir. A queen of Israel.” “Of course, yes. Be forgetting my own name next. Eaten by dogs, wasn't she?” “Yes, sir.” “Can't have been pleasant for her.” “No, sir.” “Still, that's the way the ball rolls.”

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Noun[edit]

Jezebel (plural Jezebels)

  1. (pejorative) An evil, scheming or shameless woman; an immoral woman.
    She’s an absolute Jezebel!
    • 1960: (P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter X)
      I accused her in set terms of giving me the heave-ho in order that she could mercenarily marry a richer man. I called her a carrot-topped Jezebel whom I was thankful to have got out of my hair.

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