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out-Herod

[out-her-uh d] /ˌaʊtˈhɛr əd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to outdo in extravagance, violence, or excess:
His cruelty out-Herods Herod.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; out- + Herod (Antipas)
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out-Herod

verb
1.
(transitive) to surpass in evil, excesses, or cruelty
Word Origin
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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