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Delilah, or Dalilah, a woman who lived in the valley of Sorek in the territory of Dan and near the Philistine frontier. Samson, the Israelite champion, in one of his frequent fits of amorous weakness, became attached to her, and she, under the influence of Philistine bribery, beguiled him into revealing that the source of his strength lay in his hair (Judges xvi.). Having shorn him of his locks she then betrayed him to his enemies. Delilah thus became a type of feminine treachery, but Milton in his Samson Agonistes puts into her mouth excuses that support a more lenient view of her conduct.