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 (zăn-thĭp′ē, -tĭp′ē) or Xan·tip·pe (-tĭp′ē) Fifth century bc.
The wife of Socrates, traditionally described as shrewish and scolding.
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(zænˈθɪpɪ) or


1. (Biography) the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman
2. any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman
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(zænˈtɪp i)

1. fl. late 5th century B.C., wife of Socrates.
2. a shrewish woman.
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