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[neer-oh] /ˈnɪər oʊ/
(Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) (“Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus”) a.d. 37–68, emperor of Rome 54–68, known for his cruelty and depravity.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • Nero, in which Mattheson sang the title part, was a failure.

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  • They all represent famous men of old, from Alexander the Great to Nero.

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  • Nero must have slipped in, nabbed the fish, and brought it to our house.

  • And I am taking Nero along to give account of any Indians that may be lurking there.

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  • He didn't so much as flinch before Nero, that vice-president of hell.

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British Dictionary definitions for Nero


full name Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus; original name Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. 37–68 ad, Roman emperor (54–68). He became notorious for his despotism and cruelty, and was alleged to have started the fire (64) that destroyed a large part of Rome
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Nero in Culture
Nero [(neer-oh)]

An ancient Roman emperor, famed for his cruelty. He had his mother and wife killed and kicked his mistress to death while she was pregnant. Nero also persecuted Christians, blaming them for a great fire in Rome. According to tradition, he put the Apostles Peter and Paul to death.

Note: A famous legend holds that Nero caused the great fire of Rome himself and played a violin while watching it. To say that someone is “fiddling while Rome burns” is to say that the person is indifferent to catastrophe.
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