/euh hith"euh fel'/, n.
an adviser to David who later turned against him by joining the rebellion of Absalom. II Sam. 15-17.

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▪ biblical figure
also spelled  Achitophel,  

      in the Old Testament, one of King David's most trusted advisers. He took a leading part in the revolt of David's son Absalom, and Ahithophel's defection was a severe blow to David. Having consulted Ahithophel about his plans to proceed against David, Absalom then sought advice from Hushai, another of David's counselors. Hushai, who remained secretly loyal to the king, betrayed Absalom's cause by opposing Ahithophel's plan and proposing in its place a scheme of his own, which actually gave the advantage to David. This plan Absalom accepted. Ahithophel, recognizing that Hushai had outwitted him, foresaw the disastrous defeat of Absalom's forces and took his own life (II Samuel 15:31–37; 16:20–17:23).

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