[ her-uhd ]

  1. "the Great", 73?–4 b.c., king of Judea 37–4.

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How to use Herod in a sentence

  • He was soon after cast into prison by King Herod, whose vices he had openly rebuked.

    Correggio | Estelle M. Hurll
  • I should like to out-Herod that puppy Rowland, and make a saint of myself out of a sinner.

    Gladys, the Reaper | Anne Beale
  • Highflyer, by King Herod, was the best horse of his day; was never beaten, nor paid forfeit but once.

British Dictionary definitions for Herod


/ (ˈhɛrəd) /

  1. called the Great. ?73–4 bc, king of Judaea (37–4). The latter part of his reign was notable for his cruelty: according to the New Testament he ordered the Massacre of the Innocents

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