noun (pl) baalebatim (baləˈbatəm)
the master of the house
the proprietor of a business, etc
(slang) an officious person
baali my lord, a title the prophet (Hos. 2:16) reproaches the Jewish church for applying to Jehovah, instead of the more endearing title Ishi, meaning “my husband.” Historical Examples And it shall be in that day that you shall call me Ishi, and shall call me no more baali. The Round Towers of Ireland Henry […]
any of numerous local deities among the ancient Semitic peoples, typifying the productive forces of nature and worshiped with much sensuality. (sometimes lowercase) a false god. Historical Examples There he sat like a black sentinel with old baalim at his side, and the pair kept off all inquiring visitors. Settling Day Nat Gould It was […]
baalis king of the Ammonites at the time of the Babylonian captivity (Jer. 40:14). He hired Ishmael to slay Gedaliah who had been appointed governor over the cities of Judah. Historical Examples But discontented survivors of the royal family under Ishmael intrigued with baalis, king of Ammon. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4 […]
a person who works miracles by calling upon the name of God, especially one of the German and Polish Jews of the 16th–19th centuries considered to be saintly and to possess magical powers.