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Abel

Noun

1 Norwegian mathematician (1802-1829) [syn: Niels Abel, Niels Henrik Abel]
2 (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain

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English

Etymology

From הבל.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈeɪbəl/

Homophones

Proper noun

  1. The son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his brother Cain.
  2. A given name.

Quotations

  • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Genesis 4:8
    And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

Translations

biblical character
  • Basque: Abel
  • Catalan: Abel
  • Czech: Abel
  • Danish: Abel
  • Dutch: Abel
  • Estonian: Aabel
  • Finnish: Abel
  • French: Abel
  • German: Abel
  • Italian: Abele
  • Maltese: Abel
  • Norwegian: Abel
  • Portuguese: Abel
  • Russian: Авель (Ável’)
  • Slovene: Abel
  • Spanish: Abel
  • Swedish: Abel
male given name
  • Danish: Abel
  • Finnish: Aapeli
  • French: Abel
  • German: Abel
  • Norwegian: Abel
  • Swedish: Abel
  • West Frisian: Abe

See also

Dutch

Proper noun

  1. A given name of biblical origin.

Related terms

French

Proper noun

  1. Abel.
  2. A given name.

Related terms

Spanish

Proper noun

  1. Abel

Quotations

  • 1602 — La Santa Biblia (antigua versión de Casiodoro de Reina), rev., Génesis 4:8''
    Y habló Caín á su hermano Abel: y aconteció que estando ellos en el campo, Caín se levantó contra su hermano Abel, y le mató.

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Abel is a biblical forename which may derive from the Hebrew Hebel, itself derived from hevel (breath or vapour), or from the Assyrian for son. In reference to the biblical story, the name Abel often occurs with that of his brother, as Cain and Abel.
Based on its occurrence in the Bible the name Abel has been used in many European languages; in English it was mostly used by the Puritans in the 17th Century.

Surname

Given name

Fictional characters

  • Abel Nightroad, a character in the anime Trinity Blood
  • Abel Rosnovski, a character in the Jeffrey Archer novel Kane and Abel
  • Abel Motley, Mabel's brother in the comic strip Motley's Crew
  • Abel, of Cain and Abel (comics), a fictional character in DC Comics
  • Abel, the main character in Dragon Warrior
  • Abel, a character in the Street Fighter series of games.
  • Abel, the main enemy of Athena's saints in Legend of Crimson Youth movie in Saint Seiya's anime series.

Other uses

Abel in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Абэль (неадназначнасьць)
Abel in Danish: Abel
Abel in German: Abel
Abel in Estonian: Abel
Abel in Spanish: Abel (desambiguación)
Abel in Esperanto: Abelo (apartigilo)
Abel in French: Abel (homonymie)
Abel in Korean: 아벨
Abel in Icelandic: Abel
Abel in Italian: Abel
Abel in Georgian: აბელი
Abel in Dutch: Abel
Abel in Japanese: アーベル
Abel in Norwegian: Abel
Abel in Polish: Abel
Abel in Portuguese: Abel (desambiguação)
Abel in Romanian: Abel (dezambiguizare)
Abel in Russian: Абель (значения)
Abel in Slovenian: Abel (razločitev)
Abel in Finnish: Abel (täsmennyssivu)
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