Jezebel means a shameless or immoral woman.

Is there a connate or coeval word for a man that would mean the same, as if it was coined to be the male counterpart of Jezebel?


Jezebel was Queen of Israel when Ahab was King. She is written about in 1 Kings. Her name lives in infamy to this day because of her actions, not because the name was coined intentionally with any implied meaning. I know of no male counterparts whose names carry the same connotation, but Adolf and Benedict spring to mind as two examples of male names that are closely associated with the notorious actions of particular individuals.

  • benedict? what benedict? It's still a popular name here. – Matthaeus Nov 5 '14 at 12:20
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    @Matthaeus: Benedict Arnold, a famous traitor. – oerkelens Nov 5 '14 at 13:12

Judas is a male name widely reserved for opprobrium, not for immoral or shameless behavior but for traitorous behavior. It is a perfectly honorable name that acquired a taint after Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. As a biblical name, it has a sort of parallel to the name Jezebel, even though the two characters were separated by several centuries.


A male reprobate is a

Corinthian 1. a man devoted to the pursuit of pleasure • Syn: ↑playboy, ↑man-about-town

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    Ay, but that is received as a compliment by Hal in 1H4 2.4: “Tom, Dicke, and Francis, they take it already vpon their saluation, that . . .I am . . . a Corinthian, a lad of metall, a good boy (by the Lord so they call me) and when I am king of England I shall command all the good lads in Eastcheape.” It is the old sexual double standard: Jezebel brings idolatry to Zion, and her name becomes a byword for female wickedness; Solomon brings idolatry to Zion, and his name becomes a by-word for—what? – Brian Donovan Jun 20 '14 at 20:33

Jezebel's husband was Ahab, and Captain Ahab (of Herman Melville's Moby Dick) at least, was a reprehensible man. So, as it were, was the original Ahab who was Jezebel's "partner in crime."


The "male" Jezebel spirit is Hamon. This was shared with me last night... I'm still looking for supporting scripture/documentation.

  • Welcome to ELU.SE. This seems a bit unfair on Jane Hamon's husband Tom; but perhaps that existing link could be what you felt was shared with you? – Andrew Leach Nov 5 '14 at 12:18
  • This would be Haman, who like Jezebel persecuted the Jews and came to a sticky end. The story is in the OT Book of Esther: but I am not sure that jezebel in normal usage is a religious reference. – Tim Lymington supports Monica Nov 5 '14 at 12:48

I kinda would have to go with the male counterpart of a jezebel could be many things a hustler, player, (at least in Western Society) .. there is such a double standard when it comes to what a woman can do before being viewed as a whore or a hussy and what a man can do before it's considered even the least bit shameless.

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