MEANING: verb tr.: To surpass in cruelty, evil, extravagance, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: After Herod the Great (74/73 BCE - 4 BCE), who was depicted as a tyrant in old mystery plays. Earliest documented use: 1604.

OTHER-OD - take much too much, but not of an opioid

OUTRE-ROD - a weird wooden staff

OUT-HERD - keep the cattle under better control

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