ux·​o·​ri·​al | \ ˌək-ˈsȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce uxorial (audio) , ˌəg-ˈzȯr- How to pronounce uxorial (audio) \

Definition of uxorial

: 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."

First Known Use of uxorial

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uxorial

Latin uxorius

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“Uxorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uxorial. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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