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  • n. (Apocrypha) the Assyrian general who was decapitated by the biblical heroine Judith


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  • A glass case in the center of the room contained two small paintings of the life of the Old Testament heroine Judith, after she had slain and decapitated the giant called Holofernes who terrorized her people.

    The Poet Prince

  • And when this saying pleased them all, Nabuchodonosor, the king, called Holofernes the general of his armies,

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 18: Judith The Challoner Revision

  • Northumberland was described as Holofernes, and Mary as Judith;

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

  • "I do not know," replies the other, "how you may relish being called Holofernes, but I do not like at least to play Goodman Dull."

    Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson

  • It consists of a pinch on the back of the right hand, accompanied by the word "Holofernes" pronounced in a low voice.

    What Katy Did at School

  • Mother Country, see the criticism of "Holofernes" upon innovations in pronunciation, in Act V.,

    Old New England Traits

  • Deborah rallies the Israelite army (Jgs 4: 4-16), Jael smashes the head of an enemy general (Jgs 4: 17-22), Judith beheads Holofernes (Jdt 13), and Esther maneuvers Haman onto the gallows (Est 7), in each case saving their people from certain destruction.

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  • The biblical Judith beheads the Assyrian general Holofernes.


  • The shiny flecks distract from a twisted little canvas called "Judith," which is a tightly cropped homage to Artemisia Gentileschi's signature canvas, "Judith Slaying Holofernes."

    James Rieck and Jonathan Monaghan at Hamiltonian Gallery

  • Modeling herself on the biblical figure of Judith, Goldman saw herself symbolically cutting off Holofernes 'head to avenge the wrongs of her people.

    Personal Information for Emma Goldman


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