• WordNet 3.6
    • v out-herod surpass someone in cruelty or evil
    • ***
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."
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Out-Herod owt-her′od to surpass (Herod) in cruelty: to exceed, esp. in anything bad.
    • ***


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

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.