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Pilate Voice

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A loud ranting voice. In the old mysteries all tyrants were made to speak in a rough ranting manner. Thus Bottom the Weaver, after a rant “to show his quality,” exclaims, “That’s ʹErclesʹ vein, a tyrant’s vein;” and Hamlet describes a ranting actor as “out-heroding Herod.”

“In Pilate voys he gan to cry,

And swor by armës, and by blood and bones.”


Chaucer: Canterbury Tales, 3126.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Pigeon Pair
Pigg
Piggy-wiggy or Piggy-whidden
Pightel or Pightle
Pigmy
Piganey or Pigsnie
Pigwiggin
Pike’s Head (A)
Pikestaff
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Pilate’s Wife
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Pilch
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Pilgrim Fathers (The)
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Pillar Saints
Pillar to Post
Pillars of Heaven (The)