transitive verb Etymology: out- + Herod the Great, depicted in medieval mystery plays as a blustering tyrant Date: 1602 to exceed in violence or extravagance — usually used in the phrase out-Herod Herod

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  • out-Herod — [out΄her′əd] vt. to surpass in excess, as in violence or cruelty: usually in the phrase out Herod Herod, Hamlet s reference to the usual characterization of Herod the Great in the old mystery plays …   English World dictionary

  • Out-Herod — Out Her od, v. t. To surpass (Herod) in violence or wickedness; to exceed in any vicious or offensive particular. Compare {outpope the Pope}. It out Herods Herod. Shak. [1913 Webster] Out Heroding the preposterous fashions of the times. Sir W.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out-Herod — out Her′od v. t. to outdo in violence or excess (usu used in the phrase out Herod Herod). Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • out-Herod — /owt her euhd/, v.t. to outdo in extravagance, violence, or excess: His cruelty out Herods Herod. [1595 1605; OUT + HEROD (ANTIPAS)] * * * …   Universalium

  • out-herod — out her·od …   English syllables

  • out-Herod — verb (Always with Herod as a direct object) surpass even Herod in evil and cruelty. It out Herods Herod. Pray you, avoid it. (Hamlet, act 3, scene 2) …   Wiktionary

  • out-herod — verb surpass someone in cruelty or evil • Hypernyms: ↑surpass, ↑outstrip, ↑outmatch, ↑outgo, ↑exceed, ↑outdo, ↑surmount, ↑outperform • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • out-herod herod — Be very extravagant, overdo the matter, surpass …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • out- — [out] [< OUT] combining form 1. situated at or coming from a point away, outside, external [outbuilding, outpatient] 2. going away or forth, outward [outbound] 3. better, greater, or more than: used to form verbs from verbs, adjectives, or… …   English World dictionary

  • Herod Antipas — /hɛrəd ˈæntɪpæs/ (say heruhd antipas) noun 1. died after AD 39, ruler of Galilee AD 4–39; executed John the Baptist and presided at the trial of Jesus. –phrase 2. out Herod Herod, to out do in wickedness, violence, or ranting. {Phrase Origin:… …   Australian English dictionary

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