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Bill Clinton Described as 'Uxorious'

Maureen Dowd used the word to describe Bill CLinton's speech at the DNC

Lookups for uxorious spiked after the word was used in Maureen Dowd's account of Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. The speech marked the first time a potential First Husband addressed a national audience following the first-ever nomination of a woman to be president.

The speech was intended to be more personal than political, and it was full of anecdotes of Hillary Clinton’s home life as well as her career in politics. In her account of the speech in The New York Times, Dowd wrote:

In an act of amazing self-restraint, the man who relishes the word “I” managed to make the talk, as he prefers to call his folksy speeches, all about her. He was positively uxorious.

Uxorious means “excessively fond of or submissive to a wife” and comes straight from the Latin word for “wife,” uxor.

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