out-herod


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out-Herod

vb
(tr) to surpass in evil, excesses, or cruelty
[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]

out`-Her′od



v.t.
to outdo in violence or excess (usu.
used in the phrase out-Herod Herod).
[1595–1605]

out-Herod


Past participle: out-Heroded
Gerund: out-Heroding

Imperative
out-Herod
out-Herod
Present
I out-Herod
you out-Herod
he/she/it out-Herods
we out-Herod
you out-Herod
they out-Herod
Preterite
I out-Heroded
you out-Heroded
he/she/it out-Heroded
we out-Heroded
you out-Heroded
they out-Heroded
Present Continuous
I am out-Heroding
you are out-Heroding
he/she/it is out-Heroding
we are out-Heroding
you are out-Heroding
they are out-Heroding
Present Perfect
I have out-Heroded
you have out-Heroded
he/she/it has out-Heroded
we have out-Heroded
you have out-Heroded
they have out-Heroded
Past Continuous
I was out-Heroding
you were out-Heroding
he/she/it was out-Heroding
we were out-Heroding
you were out-Heroding
they were out-Heroding
Past Perfect
I had out-Heroded
you had out-Heroded
he/she/it had out-Heroded
we had out-Heroded
you had out-Heroded
they had out-Heroded
Future
I will out-Herod
you will out-Herod
he/she/it will out-Herod
we will out-Herod
you will out-Herod
they will out-Herod
Future Perfect
I will have out-Heroded
you will have out-Heroded
he/she/it will have out-Heroded
we will have out-Heroded
you will have out-Heroded
they will have out-Heroded
Future Continuous
I will be out-Heroding
you will be out-Heroding
he/she/it will be out-Heroding
we will be out-Heroding
you will be out-Heroding
they will be out-Heroding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been out-Heroding
you have been out-Heroding
he/she/it has been out-Heroding
we have been out-Heroding
you have been out-Heroding
they have been out-Heroding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been out-Heroding
you will have been out-Heroding
he/she/it will have been out-Heroding
we will have been out-Heroding
you will have been out-Heroding
they will have been out-Heroding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been out-Heroding
you had been out-Heroding
he/she/it had been out-Heroding
we had been out-Heroding
you had been out-Heroding
they had been out-Heroding
Conditional
I would out-Herod
you would out-Herod
he/she/it would out-Herod
we would out-Herod
you would out-Herod
they would out-Herod
Past Conditional
I would have out-Heroded
you would have out-Heroded
he/she/it would have out-Heroded
we would have out-Heroded
you would have out-Heroded
they would have out-Heroded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.out-herod - surpass someone in cruelty or evil
outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surpass, exceed, surmount - be or do something to a greater degree; "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class"
References in classic literature ?
Noah's wife, for example, came regularly to be presented as a shrew, who would not enter the ark until she had been beaten into submission; and Herod always appears as a blustering tyrant, whose fame still survives in a proverb of Shakspere's coinage--'to out-Herod Herod.
When first he joined us and saw our mark upon the foreheads of our dead, wishing to out-Herod Herod, he marked the living which fell into his hands with a red hot iron, branding a great P upon each cheek and burning out the right eye completely.
Draper noted that the supposedly choleric Petruchio's strategy for subduing the equally volatile Katherine "is to out-Herod Herod.