Pilate voice



  • A loud ranting voice, especially as used by an actor. In themedieval mystery plays tyrannical characters such as PontiusPilate or Herod were made to speak in a bombastic declamatory style.
    The Miller, that for-drunken was al pale...
    In Pilates vois he gan to crye...
    Chaucer: The Miller's Prologue

    Although a link has been suggested, there is no connectionbetween the name of the squawking ruffian Mr Punch and PontiusPilate. see also Termagant.