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Out-herod   /aʊt-hˈɛrəd/   Listen

Surpass someone in cruelty or evil.

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... assumed from motives of self-preservation. Objects of suspicion to the Simon-Pure Southerner from the very fact of their nativity, and visited with the most horrible retribution wherever they have shown a leaning toward the land of their birth, they find it necessary to out-herod Herod in order to preserve their social status and the possessions which are their earthly all. Hence, to disarm suspicion, often those have been made to take the more prominent positions in this tragic drama who, did circumstances ...
— The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863 - Devoted to Literature and National Policy • Various

Words linked to "Out-herod" :   surpass, outgo, exceed, outmatch, surmount, outstrip, outdo, outperform

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