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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Herod Known as "the Great.” 73?-4 B.C. King of Judea (40-4) who, according to the New Testament, attempted to kill the infant Jesus by ordering the death of all children under the age of two in Bethlehem.

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  • proper n. The name of a number of members of the Herodian dynasty who ruled Judaea province.
  • proper n. Biblical king who is said to have ordered the execution of all baby boys under the age of two in the land of Bethlehem and the surrounding region, as he saw Jesus as a a threat to his rule; identified with Herod the Great (c. 74–4 BCE).

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  • n. king of Judea who (according to the New Testament) tried to kill Jesus by ordering the death of all children under age two in Bethlehem (73-4 BC)

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From Ancient Greek Ἡρώδης (Hērōdēs). (Wiktionary)

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