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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v out-herod surpass someone in cruelty or evil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Out-Herod To surpass (Herod) in violence or wickedness; to exceed in any vicious or offensive particular. Compare outpope the Pope. "It out-Herods Herod.""Out-Heroding the preposterous fashions of the times."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Out-Herod owt-her′od to surpass (Herod) in cruelty: to exceed, esp. in anything bad.
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In literature:

Now you are out-heroding Herod on the other side.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
If inclined to be wild they are apt to out-Herod Herod.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
He was prepared to out-Herod the metropolitan press; he took solemn precautions against priggishness, he exquisitely outraged taste.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
The impulsive temperament of Herod is well brought out.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
In 1812, the enormities of Pangeran Annam have out-heroded Herod: these are too recent to require recapitulation.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
Herod soon found it out, and was abashed.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
Herod, horrified by this monstrous spectacle, orders the torches to be put out, and turns to leave the dreadful place.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Herod cannot get this wilderness preacher and his message out of his mind.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
In this respect the Tibetan out-herods Herod.
"To Lhassa at Last" by Powell Millington
There are schools, and their patrons think them excellent, which out-herod Herod in their slaughter of the Innocents.
"The Voice and Spiritual Education" by Hiram Corson
Herod hath not come out of Galilee, as every year before, for the Passover.
"John the Baptist: A Play" by Hermann Sudermann
Dam CORINNE 66 by Eclipse 2d, he by Bloomfield (373) and out of Josephine (1345); 2d dam Lavinia (1370) by Herod (214).
"Herd Record of the Association of Breeders of Thorough-Bred Neat Stock" by Various
They are bad copies of the Spaniards, whose failings they imitate and out-herod till they become odious vices.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 60, No. 369, July 1846" by Various
I always say the Regency-men inaugurated it, and their sons and grandsons out-Herod Herod.
"Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories" by Ouida
The peril in the Herod blood, in his calculations, had dropped out of sight.
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
You out-Herod Calvin in his blackest moods.
"A Second Coming" by Richard Marsh
When Herod found that Peter had actually escaped out of prison, he caused all the keepers of the prison to be put to death.
""Granny's Chapters"" by Lady Mary Ross
Pot-8-os was the sire of Waxy (1790) out of Maria (1777) by Herod out of Lisette (1772) by Snap.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
But Swift out-Herods the times and his cotemporaries.
"Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets, Vol. I (of 2)" by William Howitt
Indeed, Mr. Aubrey, it is really out-heroding Herod!
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 3." by Samuel Warren

In poetry:

When Herod the birth of our Saviour first knew,
To slay him, he sent out his butchering crew,
And, lest Christ shou'd 'scape, he destroy'd ev'ry one
Of the Infants at Bethl'em, nor spar'd his own son.
"A Rehearsal Of Christ's Love Towards The World" by Rees Prichard
Then the Kings rode out of the city gate,
With a clatter of hoofs in proud array;
But they went not back to Herod the Great,
For they knew his malice and feared his hate,
And returned to their homes by another way.
"The Three Kings. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison.