uxorial

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adjective ux·o·ri·al \ˌək-ˈsȯr-ē-əl, ˌəg-ˈzȯr-\

Definition of uxorial

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a wife

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With help from "-ial," "-ious," and "-icide," the Latin word uxor, meaning "wife," has given us the English words "uxorial," "uxorious" (meaning "excessively fond of or submissive to a wife"), and "uxoricide" ("murder of a wife by her husband" or "a wife murderer"). Do we have equivalent "husband" words? Well, sort of. Maritus means "husband in Latin," so "marital" can mean "of or relating to a husband and his role in marriage" (although "maritus" also means "married," and the "of or relating to marriage or the married state" sense of "marital" is far more common). And while "mariticide" is "spouse killing," it can also be specifically "husband-killing."

Origin and Etymology of uxorial

Latin uxorius


First Known Use: 1800

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