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Nero

[neer-oh] /ˈnɪər oʊ/
noun
1.
(Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) (“Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus”) a.d. 37–68, emperor of Rome 54–68, known for his cruelty and depravity.
2.
a male given name.
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  • Since the years of his childhood Nero had never heard such a sentence from any man.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • He has since generally been known in history, however, by the simple prenomen, Nero.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Nero felt his cage being run down off the car, and then he heard Tum Tum talking in elephant animal language.

    Nero, the Circus Lion Richard Barnum
  • Of course Britannicus and Nero were the most prominent and conspicuous of the boys on this occasion.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • The affections of Nero are turned elsewhere; yet none can say that I have ever used my influence for any but kind ends.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for Nero

Nero

/ˈnɪərəʊ/
noun
1.
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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