One who loves to have the pre-eminence among others. (3 John 9.)
“Neither a desperate Judas, like the prelate Sharpe [archbishop of St. Andrew's who was murdered], that's gone to his place; nor a sanctuary-breaking Holofernes, like the bloody-minded Claverhouse; nor an ambitious Diotrephes, like the lad [Lord] Evandale ... shall resist the arrows that are whetted and the bow that is bent against you.” —Sir W. Scott Old Mortality chap.xiv.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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