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termagant

a shrewish woman; scold

Termagant

tumultuous Muslim deity (male); today, a virago. [Medieval Lit.: Espy, 125]
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Bookmakers disagree about the value of the form on the desperate ground withWilliam Hill only going 10-1 Termagant for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket whileVictor Chandler go 12-1.
Audrey has evolved into motherhood, maturing as an adult termagant with a razor-sharp, obscene and hilarious tongue.
This kind of sexual punning, however, is taken to new levels the first time Olivia engages in conversation on the Prado with Don Julio, the man whom she has admired from afar for two years, and for whom she has performed the role of termagant to keep away other lovers:
Twig becomes lost, and around every turn he encounters unfriendly creatures, such as the gyle goblins, termagant trogs, hoverworms, hammelhorns, caterbirds, and skullpets.
Of a dinner with Williams and his magnificently termagant mother:
This rigid termagant does not soften with age: "neither did anyone who knew her love or respect her, and she knew this without actually caring in the least, for she desired neither affection nor respect" (pp.
The Sweet Asian Girl is transformed into an ugly termagant through the focus on the mouth.
twas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me, scot and lot too.
The poet of the Chanson considers Muslims to be "Paynims" (that is, pagans) who idolatrously worship an unholy Trinity composed of Apollyon (Greek Apollo), the demon Termagant, and "Mahound" (or "Mahond," or "Mahomet").
Perhaps she does not need to play the victim to make people feel better about her power because she was never seen as a termagant, pushing people around and bending them to her will.
The 16th century witnessed the rise of a new sense-thread attached to this word, namely, it came to be applied 'as a term of reprobation to a woman' (7)--'a low or shrewish woman, wench, termagant, also used playfully, a flirtatious girl like hussy or minx' (e.