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or Xantippe

[zan-tip-ee] /zænˈtɪp i/
flourished late 5th century b.c, wife of Socrates.
a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman. Unabridged
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  • Then the House-boat must be recovered whether Xanthippe comes with it or not.

    The Pursuit of the House-Boat John Kendrick Bangs
  • The Queen arched her brows and looked inquiringly at Xanthippe for a moment.

    A House-Boat on the Styx John Kendrick Bangs
  • Xanthippe is not beloved, and I don't believe Parham will let her interfere with what he thinks best for the party.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Whenever Xanthippe was angry, she used to scold poor Socrates roundly.

    The Story of the Greeks H. A. Guerber
  • Whatever we may think of his “talks,” Xanthippe did not likely consider them anything wonderful.

    Maids Wives and Bachelors Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The wife of Socrates, Xanthippe, was a woman of a most fantastical and furious spirit.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • “I shall never yield to anything so undignified as seasickness, let me tell you that,” retorted Xanthippe.

    The Pursuit of the House-Boat John Kendrick Bangs
  • And now began the trials of Xanthippe, the wife of the literary man.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • I am going back to my lonely apartment to write a letter to dear Xanthippe.

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
  • Xanthippe has acquired the reputation of being the typical scold of antiquity.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
British Dictionary definitions for Xanthippe


the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman
any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Xanthippe

late 16c., spouse of Socrates (5c. B.C.E.), the prototype of the quarrelsome, nagging wife. The name is related to the masc. proper name Xanthippos, a compound of xanthos "yellow" (see xanthous) + hippos "horse" (see equine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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