1. a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
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How To Use termagant In A Sentence

  • Chapati Mystery a blog by Sepoy, "a doctoral candidate in History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations department at the University of Chicago" has a great post about the history of the word termagant 'a quarrelsome, scolding woman; a shrew.' Languagehat.com: TERMAGANT.
  • If it had the personality of a jay or a gull I would more readily believe there was a meaningful connection with "termagant". Languagehat.com: TERMAGANT.
  • Rourke was sure he would not want to face the termagant anytime soon.
  • The angel that Pierre had married in Madagascar had become a termagant, blinded by jealousy.
  • I like to imagine my mother a harried and frantic termagant, slightly crazed and in distinct need of sedation.
  • Lord! what a termagant is your pretty cousin, Mr. Mallock!" said my companion when we were out of doors again. Oddsfish!
  • At the dawn of the U.S. civil rights era, black stereotypes - the shiftless coon, termagant Mammy, servile Uncle Tom - remained the order of the day in popular American mass entertainment.
  • Solomon looked astonished — “Xantippe, the wife of Socrates,” said he, “is recorded a termagant and a scold, but with her acetosity his philosophy enabled him to bear; but it is apodictical to me, that whoever has the misfortune to marry you will, without amphibology, have more occasion for patience and philosophy than ever Socrates had.” Lovers and Friends; or, Modern Attachments
  • Your highness, sorry about the shrieking termagant!
  • I'd never heard "termagant" before, I'll have to look it up : In Defense of Bitterness
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