Main definitions of moloch in English

: moloch1Moloch2

moloch1

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.

Pronunciation

moloch

/ˈməʊlɒk/

Main definitions of moloch in English

: moloch1Moloch2

Moloch2

proper noun

  • 1A Canaanite idol to whom children were sacrificed.

    1. 1.1as noun a Moloch 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.

Pronunciation

Moloch

/ˈməʊlɒk/