Babylonian
I. noun Date: 1540 1. a native or inhabitant of ancient Babylonia or Babylon 2. the form of the Akkadian language used in ancient Babylonia II. adjective Date: 1567 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Babylonia or Babylon, the Babylonians, or Babylonian 2. marked by luxury, extravagance, or the pursuit of sensual pleasure <
the Babylonian halls of the big hotel — G. K. Chesterton
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the Babylonian delights of the city
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Babylonian — Bab y*lo ni*an, a. Of or pertaining to the real or to the mystical Babylon, or to the ancient kingdom of Babylonia; Chaldean. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Babylonian — Bab y*lo ni*an, prop. n. 1. An inhabitant of Babylonia (which included Chaldea); a Chaldean. [1913 Webster] 2. An astrologer; so called because the Chaldeans were remarkable for the study of astrology. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Babylonian — 1560s (n.); 1630s (adj.); see BABYLON (Cf. Babylon) + IAN (Cf. ian). Earlier in the adjectival sense was Babylonical (1530s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Babylonian — ► NOUN ▪ a person from Babylon or Babylonia, an ancient city and kingdom in Mesopotamia. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Babylon or Babylonia …   English terms dictionary

  • Babylonian — [bab΄əlō′nē ən] adj. 1. of Babylon or its people, language, or culture 2. of Babylonia 3. luxurious, unrestrained, wicked, etc. n. 1. a person born or living in Babylon or Babylonia 2. the variety of Akkadian spoken by the ancient Babylonians …   English World dictionary

  • Babylonian — /bab euh loh nee euhn, lohn yeuhn/, adj. Also, Babylonish. 1. of or pertaining to Babylon or Babylonia. 2. extremely luxurious. 3. wicked; sinful. n. 4. an inhabitant of ancient Babylonia. 5. the dialect of Akkadian spoken in Babylonia. Cf.… …   Universalium

  • BABYLONIAN —    Linguistic term for an east Semitic dialect of Mesopotamia since the beginning of the second millennium B.C. There are certain differences between Old, Middle, and Neo Babylonian. The Babylonian cursives of cuneiform tablets can be… …   Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia

  • Babylonian — Bab·y·lo·ni·an || ‚bæbɪ ləʊnɪən n. resident of the ancient city Babylon or of the Babylonian Empire (ancient empire in southwest Asia) adj. of or pertaining to Babylon or the Babylonian Empire (ancient empire in southwest Asia) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • babylonian —    Used insultingly by one man to another in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers. The speaker is a religious fanatic and presumably means that the man he is addressing is devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Babylon was in… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • Babylonian — 1. adjective a) Of or pertaining to the real (or to the mystical) Babylon b) Of or pertaining to the ancient kingdom of Babylonia; Chaldea. 2. noun a) An inhabitant of the city of Babylon …   Wiktionary

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