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Xanthippe

[zan-tip-ee] /zænˈtɪp i/
noun
1.
flourished late 5th century b.c, wife of Socrates.
2.
a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman.
Also, Xantippe.
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British Dictionary definitions for Xanthippe

Xanthippe

/zænˈθɪpɪ/
noun
1.
the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman
2.
any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman
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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).

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