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Jezebel

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(Adult / Slang)
Or: jezebel :

1. An evil, scheming woman.

2. A morally-loose woman. See playgirl for synonyms.

3. A prostitute. See prostitute for synonyms.

4. In 19 th century Britain, a short-lived synonym for penis. See penis for synonyms.

ETYMOLOGY: From the Bible, Jezebel, the infamously wicked wife of Ahab, king of Israel. Rosalie Maggio, The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage (1991): ' The biblical story of Jezebel shows a murdering, controlling, rapacious person. She is primarily an amoral manipulator and only secondarily a woman. Instead of focusing on Jezebel's viciousness, the dictionary definition of a jezebel emphasizes her sexuality (a shameless or abandoned woman) when in fact Jezebel did not in any way trade on her sex to carry out her evil deeds.'



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