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Azazʹil

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In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Azazil is the standard-bearer of the infernal host. According to the Koran, when God commanded the angels to worship Adam, Azazil replied, “Why should the son of fire fall down before a son of clay?” and God cast him out of heaven. His name was then changed to Eblis, which means “despair.”

“Then straight commands that at the warlike sound

Of trumpets loud, and clarions, be upreared

His mighty standard; that proud honour claimed

Azazil, as his right, a cherub tall.”


Milton: Paradise Lost, book i. 531–4.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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