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Ahithophel

Ahith′ophel
or Achitophel
Achit′ophel

A treacherous friend and adviser. Ahithophel was David's counsellor, but joined Absalom in revolt, and advised him “like the oracle of God” (2 Samuel xvi, 20–23). In Dryden's political satire, Achitophel stands for the Earl of Shaftesbury. (See Achitophel.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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