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A woman regarded as quarrelsome or scolding; a shrew.
[From Middle English Termagaunt, imaginary Muslim deity portrayed as a violent and overbearing character in medieval mystery plays, alteration of Tervagant, from Old French.]
(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]
ter•ma•gant(ˈtɜr mə gənt)
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]
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|Noun||1.||termagant - a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman|
virago - a noisy or scolding or domineering woman
yenta - (Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant