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

  • n.pl. In Judeo-Christian tradition, the satanic powers who wage war against God and the righteous at the end of the world.

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  • n. biblical names of the enemies of God's people who wage war against God at the end of the world

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Examples

  • We notice also, the same characteristic of the "goats" Matt. xxv.; they depart into an abiding fire, with Gog and Magog of Rev. xx.

    Commentary on Revelation

  • 'Schismatics of Rome, the Lord hath prepared a pit, He hath laid up a net for thy steps, and calamities shall overpass thee, for Satan shall be loosed from his prison, and Gog and Magog shall go out to deceive the nations that are in the four quarters of the earth, to gather them together in battle; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • 17 A bishop of Wurtzburgh submitted his opinion to a reverend abbot; but he more gravely decided, that Gog and Magog were the spiritual persecutors of the church; since Gog signifies the root, the pride of the Heresiarchs, and Magog what comes from the root, the propagation of their sects.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Miss Jean kept her word and took her to see all the "ferlies," London Bridge, and the Exchange, and the Guildhall, with Gog and Magog guarding the liberties of the city, and to take a walk in the park which was just like the country, and where a glass of new milk warm from the cow was given her as a treat.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • The terms Gog and Magog imply that only certain nations are concerned, and their locality also indicates the same thing — dwell at the "four quarters of the earth."

    Commentary on Revelation

  • Drifting over the city, following the pewter ribbon of the river, I, Mordred, king of the dark realm, came to the ancient hill where once Gog and Magog were worshipped by wiser folk than are to be found there now.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

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