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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Delilah  \De*li"lah\,  n. 
  The  mistress  of  Samson,  who  betrayed  him  (--Judges  xvi.); 
  hence  a  harlot;  a  temptress. 
 
  Other  Delilahs  on  a  smaller  scale  Burns  met  with  during 
  his  Dumfries  sojourn.  --J.  C. 
  Shairp 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Delilah 
  n  1:  (Old  Testament)  Samson's  Philistine  mistress  who  betrayed 
  him  by  cutting  off  his  hair  [syn:  {Delilah}] 
  2:  a  woman  who  is  considered  to  be  dangerously  seductive  [syn: 
  {enchantress},  {temptress},  {siren},  {Delilah},  {femme 
  fatale}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Delilah 
  languishing,  a  Philistine  woman  who  dwelt  in  the  valley  of  Sorek 
  (Judg.  16:4-20).  She  was  bribed  by  the  "lords  of  the 
  Philistines"  to  obtain  from  Samson  the  secret  of  his  strength 
  and  the  means  of  overcoming  it  (Judg.  16:4-18).  She  tried  on 
  three  occasions  to  obtain  from  him  this  secret  in  vain.  On  the 
  fourth  occasion  she  wrung  it  from  him  She  made  him  sleep  upon 
  her  knees,  and  then  called  the  man  who  was  waiting  to  help  her 
  who  "cut  off  the  seven  locks  of  his  head,"  and  so  his  "strength 
  went  from  him."  (See  {SAMSON}.) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Delilah,  poor;  small  head  of  hair 
 




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