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[hol-uh-fur-neez, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈfɜr niz, ˌhoʊ lə-/
(in the Book of Judith) a general, serving Nebuchadnezzar, who was killed by Judith. Unabridged
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  • My desire also was to have speech privately with the great conqueror, Holofernes.

    Judith Arnold Bennett
  • Holofernes, too, is with her a pet name for any fell domestic despot.

    I and My Chimney Herman Melville
  • Among these is the well-known story of Judith and Holofernes.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • The answer to which, was, 'Yes—when Judith bore the head of Holofernes.'

  • The perils of the heathen will surround you, and harm will surely befall you, for Holofernes will work lamentable evil upon you.

    Judith Arnold Bennett
  • In a sense, her act was one of heroism like that of Judith in the tent of Holofernes.

  • And now call them unto you, and deliver up the whole city for a prey to the people of Holofernes, and to all his host.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • Holofernes, called a general of Nebuchadnezzar in the story.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • And the watchmen seeing this, ran to the tent of Holofernes.

  • Holofernes buckled on his fire-spurs, and flew after the fugitives.

    Fairy Tales From all Nations Anthony R. Montalba
British Dictionary definitions for Holofernes


/ˌhɒləˈfɜːniːz; həˈlɒfəˌniːz/
the Assyrian general, who was killed by the biblical heroine Judith
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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