E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
One who loves to have the pre-eminence among others. (3 John 9.)
Neither a desperate Judas, like the prelate Sharpe [archbishop of St. Andrews, who was murdered], thats gone to his place; nor a sanctuary - breaking. Holoferns, like the bloodyminded Claverhouse; nor an ambitious Diotrephs, 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.