Definitions of herodians

  1. A party among the Jews, taking their name from Herod, as being his especial partisans. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. A sect among the Jews which took its name from Herod. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. a Jewish political party who sympathized with ( Mark 3:6 ; 12:13 ; Matt, 22:16 ; Luke 20:20 ) the Herodian rulers in their general policy of government, and in the social customs which they introduced from Rome. They were at one with the Sadducees in holding the duty of submission to Rome, and of supporting the Herods on the throne. (Compare Mark 8:15 ; Matthew 16:6 .) biblestudytools.com
  4. (from Herod). ( Matthew 22:15 ) ff.; Mark 12:13 ff. Canon Cook describes these persons as "that party among the Jews who were supporters of the Herodian family as the last hope of retaining for the Jews a fragment of national government, as distinguished from absolute dependence upon Rome as a province of the empire. Supporters of the family of Herod, who held their dominions by the grant of the Roman emperor, would be in favor of paying tribute to the supreme power. ( Matthew 22:16 ) biblestudytools.com
  5. he-r[=o]'di-ans, n.pl. a political rather than religious party among the Jews of the apostolic age, adherents of the family of Herod. Herod was represented as a swaggering tyrant in the old dramatic performances--hence 'to out-herod Herod' (Shak.)--to exceed in bombast and passionate grandiloquence. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683