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termagant

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noun ter·ma·gant \ˈtər-mə-gənt\

Definition of termagant

  1. 1 capitalized :  a deity erroneously ascribed to Islam by medieval European Christians and represented in early English drama as a violent character

  2. 2 :  an overbearing or nagging woman :  shrew



Origin and Etymology of termagant

Middle English


First Known Use: 13th century


2

termagant

adjective ter·ma·gant

Definition of termagant



Circa 1598

First Known Use of termagant

circa 1598


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