Main definitions of moloch in English

: moloch1Moloch2

moloch1

Pronunciation /ˈmälək/ /ˈmɑlək/ /ˈmōˌläk/ /ˈmoʊˌlɑk/

noun

  • A harmless spiny lizard of grotesque appearance which feeds chiefly on ants, found in arid inland Australia.

    Moloch horridus, family Agamidae

Origin

From Moloch.

Main definitions of Moloch in English

: moloch1Moloch2

Moloch2

Pronunciation /ˈmälək/ /ˈmɑlək/ /ˈmōˌläk/ /ˈmoʊˌlɑk/

proper noun

  • (in the Bible) a Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.

noun

  • A person or thing to which extreme or terrible sacrifices are made.

    ‘The spelling reform is a Moloch in the days of empty coffers, which will cost everyone a huge amount.’
    • ‘There is no excuse for any parent who would knowingly sacrifice his son or daughter to the fires of this Moloch, no excuse for wittingly allowing a child to remain within the system for one day longer than necessary!’

Origin

Via late Latin from Greek Molokh, from Hebrew mōleḵ.