from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various local fertility and nature gods of the ancient Semitic peoples considered to be false gods by the Hebrews.
- n. A false god or idol.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. the supreme male deity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish pantheons; a Mediterranean fertility deity, worshipped as far back as 1400 BCE
- proper n. the whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied.
- proper n. one of the fallen angels of Satan.
- proper n. a false deity or idol.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The supreme male divinity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations.
- n. The whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of a Semitic solar deity worshiped, especially by the Phenicians and their descendants the Carthaginians, with much license and sensuality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god
Richard Watson, in his Biblical and Theological Dictionary, page 116, after speaking of the general use of the term Baal among the Babylonians and Assyrians, the Phoenicians, Sidonians, Tyrians, Carthaginians, and other Canaanitish nations, says:
The title Baal-berit  has been interpreted as meaning "lord of a covenant" -- that is, a deity presiding over treaties; but the expression is not clear.
The rest of the world, especially of the eastern, nations, fell into the worshipping of the sun, which they called Baal, and Moloch, and Chemosh, -- all names of the sun; and the worship of the moon, which they called Ashtaroth and the queen of heaven; but the idolatry of Babylon was by graven images and idols.
Canaan the title Baal), and its special appropriation by the god of
There was a storm god in the northwest Semitic orbit he was known as Baal or Hadad, an impetuous, sometimes bellicose deity who wielded his weapons of thunder and lightning.
They stood idly by and permitted the enemies of Israel to proclaim that an idol—one they called Baal—was the god that the people should worship.
Baal is from the Babylonian influence, and the Mrs. Grimston subsequently did her own Eve/Lilith and rebellious angel thing by leaving him and setting up the Angel Guides sub sect of New Age in America niqnaq says:
In Canaanite religion, Baal is the name of the storm god of fertility who brought rain and military victory.
However, when the name Baal was exclusively appropriated to idolatrous worship (cf.Hos. ii. 16 seq.), abhorrence for the unholy word was marked by writing _b [= o] sheth_ (shameful thing) for _baal_ in compound proper names, and thus we get the usual forms Ishbosheth, Mephibosheth.
On the summit of one of the peaks is to be seen an extensive mass of ruins, probably the remains of an early pagan sanctuary dedicated to Baal, whence the designation Baal-Hermon, applied to the mountain in two