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

  • Nero In full Nero Claudius Caesar. A.D. 37-68. Emperor of Rome (54-68) whose early reign was dominated by his mother, Agrippina the Younger. He had his mother and wife murdered, and he may have set the Great Fire of Rome (64). His cruelty and irresponsibility provoked widespread revolts, which led to his suicide.

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  • proper n. Roman Emperor from 54 to 68, and the last Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A Roman emperor notorious for debauchery and barbarous cruelty; hence, any profligate and cruel ruler or merciless tyrant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Roman Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)


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