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
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Once inside Arragon's palace, the count keeps his wonder at its riches and marvels to himself, but courteously salutes the enemy king in the name of Mohammed and Tervagant (XVI, 477).