One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ancient city in Mesopotamia, the capital of Babylonia in the 2nd millennium BC. The city (of which only ruins now remain) lay on the River Euphrates and was noted by classical writers for its luxury, its fortifications, and its legendary Hanging Gardens.
Greek Babulōn (from Hebrew bāḇel), also the name of the mystical city of the Apocalypse. Compare with babel.
(chiefly among Rastafarians) a contemptuous or dismissive term for aspects of white culture seen as degenerate or oppressive, especially the police.‘praise them for bringing a new rectitude to Babylon’
police officer, policeman, policewoman, officer of the law, law-enforcement agent, law-enforcement officer, officerView synonyms
- ‘The Babylon acted swiftly and managed to find one of the suspects by fingerprinting.’
- ‘All people should have dreadlocks because nobody has ever said to wash your hair but Babylon.’
- ‘Babylon is like, the society built by white people.’
1940s: by association with Babylon.
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