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leviathan(lēvī`əthən), in the Bible, aquatic monster, presumably the crocodile, the whale, or a dragon. It was a symbol of evil to be ultimately defeated by the power of good.
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(1) In biblical mythology, an enormous sea monster resembling a giant crocodile. Figuratively, something huge and monstrous.
(2) The title of a work by the English philosopher T. Hobbes devoted to problems of the state.
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sea monster; symbol of apocalypse. [Jew. Tradition: Leach, 67]
frighteningly powerful sea serpent. [O.T.: Job 41; Psalms 74:14; 104:26; Isaiah 27:1]
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Bible a monstrous beast, esp a sea monster
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