termagant

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ter·ma·gant

 (tûr′mə-gənt)
n.
A woman regarded as quarrelsome or scolding; a shrew.
adj.
Shrewish; scolding.

[From Middle English Termagaunt, imaginary Muslim deity portrayed as a violent and overbearing character in medieval mystery plays, alteration of Tervagant, from Old French.]

termagant

(ˈtɜːməɡənt)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. a shrewish woman; scold
b. (as modifier): a termagant woman.
[C13: from earlier Tervagaunt, from Old French Tervagan, from Italian Trivigante; after an arrogant character in medieval mystery plays who was supposed to be a Muslim deity]
ˈtermagancy n
ˈtermagantly adv

ter•ma•gant

(ˈtɜr mə gənt)

n.
1. a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman.
2. (cap.) a mythical deity believed in the Middle Ages to be worshiped by the Muslims: portrayed in morality plays as a violent, overbearing personage.
adj.
3. violent; turbulent; shrewish.
[1175–1225; Middle English Termagaunt, earlier Tervagaunt, alter. of Old French Tervagan]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.termagant - a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman - a woman who is an unpleasant person
virago - a noisy or scolding or domineering woman
yenta - (Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant

termagant

noun
A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations

termagant

[ˈtɜːməgənt] Narpía f, fiera f

termagant

nFurie f
References in classic literature ?
Now, in faith,'' said Wamba, ``I cannot see that the worshippers of Mahound and Termagaunt have so greatly the advantage over the people once chosen of Heaven.