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Leviathan

  • Leviathan is a word that dates back thousands of years, and one that some find confusing. We will examine the definition of the word leviathan, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    A leviathan is something powerful and large or imposing. Leviathan may be an organization that is powerful and far-reaching, or it may be a monarch or political state with absolute, autocratic power. A leviathan is a behemoth of some sort. The original meaning of leviathan is a sea dragon or large sea creature, whales are sometimes referred to as leviathans. The term leviathan is derived from the Hebrew word livyathan which means large sea serpent. Several mentions of the leviathan are found in the Old Testament, including the book of Job.

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    Examples

    For anyone who’s ever been fortunate enough to see a behemoth whale in open water, it’s unimaginable that five or six men, in only 30-foot boats on the roaring seas, had to get close enough to throw harpoons that would eventually kill this leviathan, which, in fact, could smash their puny vessel with a mere flip of its tail, or grasp a man between its massive jaws. (Martha’s Vineyard Times)

    The genie is out of the bottle, and the most we can hope for is that artificial intelligence saves a few souls among the many it sucks up in the leviathan maw of modern media. (The Newbury Port News)

    The Andromeda galaxy, also known as M31, is thought to bear grisly trophies from hundreds of relatively small mergers, and in about 4 billion years, our own Milky Way is set to collide with the leviathan structure. (The New Atlas)


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