[hez-buh-lah; Arabic khes-bah-lah] /ˌhɛz bəˈlɑ; Arabic ˌxɛs bɑˈlɑ/
a radical Shiʿite Muslim organization in Lebanon engaged in guerrilla warfare against Israel.
an organization of militant Shiite Muslims based in Lebanon
extremist Shiite group active in Lebanon, founded c.1982, from Persian hezbollah, Arabic hizbullah, literally “Party of God,” from hezb/hizb “party” + allah “God.” An adherent is a Hezbollahi. The name of various Islamic groups in modern times, the name itself is attested in English by 1960 in referense to an Indonesian guerilla battalion of 1945 that “grew out of a similarly named organization formed by the Japanese to give training in military drill to young Moslems.”
In Modjokuto (like Masjumi itself, Hizbullah was Indonesia-wide but, also like Masjumi, it had little effective central organization) this group was led by the present head of Muhammadijah — the same man who a year or so before was going to Djakarta for propaganda training and studying to be a kamikaze. [Clifford Geertz, “The Religion of Java,” Chicago, 1960]
A radical Arabic organization that arose after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. The Hezbollah has often been accused of terrorism.
[hez-uh-kahy-uh] /ˌhɛz əˈkaɪ ə/ noun 1. a king of Judah of the 7th and 8th centuries b.c. II Kings 18. /ˌhɛzəˈkaɪə/ noun 1. a king of Judah ?715–?687 bc, noted for his religious reforms (II Kings 18–19) Douay spelling Ezechias masc. proper name, biblical, from Hebrew Hizqiyya, literally “the Lord has strengthened,” from
vision, the father of Tabrimon, and grandfather of Ben-hadad, king of Syria (1 Kings 15:18).
swine or strong. (1.) The head of the seventeenth course of the priests (1 Chr. 24:15). (2.) Neh. 10:20, one who sealed Nehemiah’s covenant.
a Carmelite, one of David’s warriors (1 Chr. 11:37).