from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • 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 was accused of setting the Great Fire of Rome (64). He committed suicide after being deposed by the Senate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

  • noun 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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