Word of the Day : January 4, 2016


adjective uk-SOR-ee-ul


: of, relating to, or characteristic of a wife

Did You Know?

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."


"He watered the plants, cleared aspen leaves and debris from the rock garden, and cut the lawn … without any uxorial prompting." — Rois M. Beal, The Washington Post, 19 July 2007

"… the opera was 'Bluebeard's Castle,' a work based on the French fairy tale of a duke who murders his wives and hides their bodies in his foreboding fortress. It's an uxorial horror story of the highest caliber…." — Kim Carpenter, The Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald, 20 Apr. 2013

Name That Synonym

Unscramble the letters to create a synonym of "spouse": NOOTRCS.



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