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[huh-roh-dee-uh s] /həˈroʊ di əs/
the second wife of Herod Antipas and the mother of Salome: she told Salome to ask Herod for the head of John the Baptist. Unabridged
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  • One of the sketches represented the daughter of Herodias receiving the head of John the Baptist in a charger.

    The Marble Faun, Volume I. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The other white heron wearing "aigrettes" is Herodias egretta.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • The only praiseworthy thing that Herodias ever did, so far as is known, was on this occasion.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • And you made a slave of his mother, who was a queen, Herodias.

    Salom Oscar Wilde
  • "I know that man," said Herodias, after they had disappeared.

    Herodias Gustave Flaubert
  • Of a truth, dear and noble Herodias, you are my wife, and before that you were the wife of my brother.

    Salom Oscar Wilde
  • All the rest had used sex for sentiment, never for force; to them, Eve was a tender flower, and Herodias an unfeminine horror.

  • Herodias looked up at him as he came within the circle of light.

    Rejected of Men Howard Pyle
  • She, in turn, took the dish and offered it to Herodias, who herself bore it out of the room with a kind of snorting laugh.

  • Herodias' daughter when she got a head of John the Baptist on a charger.

    The Handbook of Conundrums Edith B. Ordway
British Dictionary definitions for Herodias


?14 bc–?40 ad, niece and wife of Herod Antipas and mother of Salome, whom she persuaded to ask for the head of John the Baptist. Her ambition led to the banishment of her husband
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Herodias in the Bible

(Matt. 14:3-11; Mark 6:17-28; Luke 3:19), the daughter of Aristobulus and Bernice. While residing at Rome with her husband Herod Philip I. and her daughter, Herod Antipas fell in with her during one of his journeys to that city. She consented to leave her husband and become his wife. Some time after, Herod met John the Baptist, who boldly declared the marriage to be unlawful. For this he was "cast into prison," in the castle probably of Machaerus (q.v.), and was there subsequently beheaded.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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