Pronunciation: (nēr'ō-nīz"), [key]
—v.t., -nized, -niz•ing.
1. to characterize (a person) as resembling Nero.
2. to make depraved in the manner of Nero.
3. to rule over, tyrannize, or oppress in the manner of Nero. Also, esp. Brit.,Ne'ro•nise".
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