Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In the Bible, the evil spirit in the wilderness to whom a scapegoat was sent on the Day of Atonement.
  • noun Islam One of the jinn.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hebrew ‘ăzā’zēl; see עzz in Semitic roots.]

Examples

  • The rabbis are agreed, even, that the word Azazel is not

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  • Also known as Azazel, this is a high-ranking demon who likes to steal

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  • The lot chosen determined which of two goats would be "for the Lord" and which goat would be the "Azazel" or "scapegoat."

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  • The lot chosen determined which of two goats would be "for the Lord" and which goat would be the "Azazel" or "scapegoat."

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  • Commentators have differed widely in their opinions about the character and purpose of this part of the ceremonial; some considering the word "Azazel," with the Septuagint and our translators, to mean, "the scapegoat"; others, "a lofty, precipitous rock"

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  • Lord, and the disposal of them determined by lot, which Jewish writers have thus described: The priest, placing one of the goats on his right hand and the other on his left, took his station by the altar, and cast into an urn two pieces of gold exactly similar, inscribed, the one with the words "for the Lord," and the other for "Azazel" (the scapegoat).

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  • You see, Jovovich’s pregnancy means she can no longer shoot Paul Verhoeven’s project The Winter Queen aka Azazel anytime soon, so that film has been delayed by producer Peter Hoffman, with this $70 million book adaptation taking it’s placeon the schedule.

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  • A ballad called "Azazel" sounded nobly austere; another piece began with squeaks and rasps and ended by quoting the opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

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  • Filmmaker Azazel Jacobs knew he wanted to be an outsider the first time he saw John Travolta in the movie "Grease."

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  • 'Terri' The disarming, original "Terri" is a wry, low-key comedy from director Azazel Jacobs "Momma's Man" that constantly monkeys with our expectations.

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