Definitions

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

  • n. A woman who is regarded as evil and scheming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bold, vicious woman; a termagant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An impudent, violent, unscrupulous, vicious woman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wife of Ahab who was king of Israel; according to the Old Testament she was a cruel immoral queen who fostered the worship of Baal and tried to kill Elijah and other prophets of Israel (9th century BC)
  • n. a shameless impudent scheming woman

Etymologies

After Jezebel .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Ms Knox is indeed very attractive (to look at, I mean - not to take home to meet your mum). But it is the suggestion that she in some way facilitated both the sexual assault on Meredith Kercher and the subsequent murder that has grabbed hold of the public’s interest. Apparently, the Italian police have accused Knox of restraining Meredith while the two men assaulted and then killed her. Knox, meanwhile 'either devious and amoral or deeply confused or all three' has changed her story several times, having sort of confessed and then sort of unconfessed. She is, say the police, an inveterate liar. And with Amanda Knox we have been given an extra ingredient that will always command acres of space in our newspapers: the sexually deviant Jezebel."
    - Rob Liddle, A prurience about women and murder, spectator.co.uk, 17 Nov 2007.

    February 16, 2009