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out-Herod

[ out-her-uhd ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to outdo in extravagance, violence, or excess:

    His cruelty out-Herods Herod.



out-Herod

verb

  1. tr to surpass in evil, excesses, or cruelty


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Word History and Origins

Origin of out-Herod1

1595–1605; out- + Herod (Antipas)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of out-Herod1

C17: originally out-Herod Herod, from Shakespeare's Hamlet (act 3, scene 2); see also Herod : portrayed in medieval mystery plays as a ranting tyrant

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Example Sentences

I should like to out-Herod that puppy Rowland, and make a saint of myself out of a sinner.

A part of those who remain out-Herod the native fire-eaters in zeal for Secession.

They are bad copies of the Spaniards, whose failings they imitate and out-herod till they become odious vices.

An evil day for journalists and writers who do not out-Herod Blanqui and Pyat.

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