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Moloch

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Any influence which demands from us the sacrifice of what we hold most dear. Thus, war is a Moloch, king mob is a Moloch, the guillotine was the Moloch of the French Revolution, etc. The allusion is to the god of the Ammonites, to whom children were “made to pass through the fire”, in sacrifice. Milton says he was “worshipped in Rabba, in Argob, and Basan, to the stream of utmost Arnon.” (Paradise Lost, book i. 392–398.)

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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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Molinism
Moll (Kentish)
Moll Cutpurse
Moll Flanders
Moll Thomson’s Mark
Molly
Molly Coddle (A)
Molly Maguires
Molly Mog
Molmutius
Moloch
Moly
Mome (French)
Momiers (French, men of mummery)
Mommur
Momus
Momus’s Lattice or Window
Monaciello [little monk]
Monarchians
Monarchy
Monday Pops

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