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[hol-uh-fur-neez, hoh-luh-]
  1. (in the Book of Judith) a general, serving Nebuchadnezzar, who was killed by Judith.
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Examples from the Web for holofernes

Historical Examples

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

    I and My Chimney

    Herman Melville

  • The answer to which, was, 'Yes—when Judith bore the head of Holofernes.'

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

  • Among these is the well-known story of Judith and Holofernes.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard

  • And the men came to Holofernes, and spoke to him according to these words.

    The Bible Story

    Rev. Newton Marshall Hall

British Dictionary definitions for holofernes


  1. the Assyrian general, who was killed by the biblical heroine Judith
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