Pronounced: moo, noun

Notes: As is common here, this is another word I don’t know

Yesterday’s word

The word molochize means “to sacrifice”

First usage

This word goes back to the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

Bible knowledge has lessened in recent decades; congratulations if you recognized the Canaanite god “Moloch” from the Bible. In order to be successful, parents would sacrifice a child to Moloch. The usual sacrifice was a male child, but some parents, hoping or thinking that Moloch couldn’t tell the difference, would sacrifice a female child. Thus, the name “Moloch” was turned into a verb by adding “-ize”, and the meaning was broadened to merely mean “sacrifice”.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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