American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Herodias Died c. A.D. 39. The niece and second wife of Herod Antipas and the mother of Salome.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of large white herons or egrets. H. egretta is the great white egret of North America. H. alba is the corresponding European form. See cut under
“a sermon, “Herodias is again furious; Herodias again dances; she once more requires the head of John;” an insolent allusion, which, as a woman and a sovereign, it was impossible for her to forgive.”
“Curiously, although this must be one of the most well-known of all New Testament episodes, we only know the name of Herodias’s daughter—Salome—thanks to Josephus.”
“Remember Sapphira," said the Grand Duke, "recall Herodias who fared happily in all things, and by no means forget the portmanteau.”
“In regard to the charge against Herodias, which is current among theological scandal-mongers, there is not a moderately intelligent jury of Christendom (if composed half of men and half of women) which, after examining all the available evidence, would not render a verdict in her favor of "Not Guilty.”
“She is a Hungarian mezzo, and her Herodias was a fascinating wreck, drinking away her problems.”
“His dull gaze wandered toward the admirable "Herodias" of Giorgione which hung there in the corridor: the strained face of the woman, the accented muscles of her arms, the purple, bellying cloak which spread behind her, the livid countenance of the dead man staring up from the salver, -- all these he noted, idly.”
“To reconcile the two statements of Josephus about the place of exile and death, see Smith, "Dict. of the Bible", s.v. "Herodias" (note).”
“Herodias," on the one hand, and "Les Sept Princesses," of Maeterlinck on the other.”
“Herodias," and for some reason or other, the audience applauded with more warmth than usual.”
“I am proud to be a daughter of Herodias," said Miss West.”
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