Ashtoreth Ash"to*reth, n.; pl. {Ashtaroth}. The principal female divinity of the Ph[oe]nicians, as Baal was the principal male divinity. --W. Smith. [1913 Webster]

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  • ASHTORETH — (Heb. עַשְׁתׁרֶת), Canaanite goddess. Possibly, the deliberate corruption of the name ʿštrt (ʿaštart or ʿašteret) is meant to conform to the vocalization of the Hebrew word boshet ( shame ; see euphemism and dysphemism ). Ashtoreth is the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Ashtoreth — [ash′tə reth΄] n. [Heb ashtoret; akin to Phoen ʿ shtrt, Akkadian Ishtar, also South Ar ʿ thtr (the only manifestation of the deity as a male)] the ancient Phoenician and Syrian goddess of love and fertility: identified with ASTARTE …   English World dictionary

  • Ashtoreth — noun Etymology: Hebrew ‘Ashtōreth Date: 1855 Astarte …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ashtoreth — /ash teuh reth /, n. an ancient Semitic goddess, identified with the Phoenician Astarte. [ < Heb ashtoreth < Phoenician ashtart. See ASTARTE] * * * …   Universalium

  • Ashtoreth —    The moon goddess of the Phoenicians, representing the passive principle in nature, their principal female deity; frequently associated with the name of Baal, the sun god, their chief male deity (Judg. 10:6; 1 Sam. 7:4; 12:10). These names… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Ashtoreth — A goddess of love and motherhood worshipped among the Canaanites (Judg. 2:13) and called Astarte among the Phoenicians, Aphrodite in Greek mythology. Her cult was encouraged by Solomon (1 Kgs. 11:5), for which he was condemned (1 Kgs. 11:9). REB… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Ashtoreth — noun an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar • Syn: ↑Astarte • Regions: ↑Phoenicia, ↑Phenicia • Instance Hypernyms: ↑Semitic deity * * * /ash teuh reth /, n. an ancien …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ashtoreth — n. Astarte, ancient Phoenician goddess of love fertility and war (Mythology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ashtoreth — Ash•to•reth [[t]ˈæʃ təˌrɛθ[/t]] n. ear an ancient Semitic goddess, identified with the Phoenician Astarte …   From formal English to slang

  • Ashtoreth —    Hebrew variant of the Babylonian Ashtart …   Who’s Who in non-classical mythology

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