termagant


1ter·ma·gant

noun \ˈtər-mə-gənt\

Definition of TERMAGANT

1
capitalized :  a deity erroneously ascribed to Islam by medieval European Christians and represented in early English drama as a violent character
2
:  an overbearing or nagging woman :  shrew

Examples of TERMAGANT

  1. <living with that termagant was almost as bad as living with a rabid dog>

Origin of TERMAGANT

Middle English
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

2termagant

adjective

Definition of TERMAGANT

First Known Use of TERMAGANT

circa 1598

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