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(ˌhɒləˈfɜːniːz; həˈlɒfəˌniːz)
(Bible) the Assyrian general, who was killed by the biblical heroine Judith
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(ˌhɒl əˈfɜr niz, ˌhoʊ lə-)

(in the Book of Judith) a general of Nebuchadnezzar killed by Judith.
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Noun1.Holofernes - (Apocrypha) the Assyrian general who was decapitated by the biblical heroine JudithHolofernes - (Apocrypha) the Assyrian general who was decapitated by the biblical heroine Judith
Apocrypha - 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
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And there with the strained craft steeply leaning over to it, by reason of the enormous downward drag from the lower mast-head, and every yard-arm on that side projecting like a crane over the waves; there, that blood-dripping head hung to the Pequod's waist like the giant Holofernes's from the girdle of Judith.
Before Felton replied, and before she should be forced to resume this conversation, so difficult to be sustained in the same exalted tone, she let her hands fall; and as if the weakness of the woman overpowered the enthusiasm of the inspired fanatic, she said: "But no, it is not for me to be the Judith to deliver Bethulia from this Holofernes. The sword of the eternal is too heavy for my arm.
Now, D'Artagnan, when he left Calais with his ten scamps, would have hesitated as little in attacking a Goliath, a Nebuchadnezzar, or a Holofernes as he would in crossing swords with a recruit or caviling with a landlady.
notes the allusion to "Gargantua's mouth" in As You Like It; the debt of Holofernes in Love's Labour's Lost to Gargantua's slow scholastic tutor, Holoferne, and that of Mercutio and Falstaff to the wily trickster and companion of Pantagruel, Panurge; as well as use of the Hell episode from Pantagruel in King Lear; but she does not examine the relationship of these allusions to the general temper of the plays in which they appear.
The painting, currently on display at the Colnaghi Gallery in London, dates from 1607 and depicts biblical heroine Judith beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes.
[USA], Mar 01 (ANI): At a press conference at Colnaghi, Thursday, art appraiser Eric Turquin announced that a painting discovered in 2014 is a lost work of the Italian master Caravaggio: 'Judith and Holofernes,' believed to have been painted in 1607.
It shows the Biblical tale of Judith and Holofernes, a widow who seduced and beheaded an enemy general.
The army of Holofernes numbered one hundred and twenty thousand soldiers in the infantry, with another twenty thousand in the cavalry.
When the army of Assyrian King Nebuchadnezzar led by Holofernes invaded, Bethulia was put under siege.
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Among the religious paintings, don't miss Jacques Stella at Didier Aaron and Judith with the Head of Holofernes by the baroque painter Pedro Nunez del Valle at Porcini.