ux·​o·​ri·​al ˌək-ˈsȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce uxorial (audio) ˌəg-ˈzȯr- How to pronounce uxorial (audio)
: 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."

Examples of uxorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sordi, of course, had a boyish mug built to amuse, and it’s paired well with Massari’s coiled portrait of uxorial frustration. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Latin uxorius

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uxorial was in 1800


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“Uxorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uxorial. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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