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termagant

a shrewish woman; scold
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Termagant

tumultuous Muslim deity (male); today, a virago. [Medieval Lit.: Espy, 125]
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The Termagant, aided by HMS Tenacious and HMS Liddesdale, sank the submarine but the three destroyers rallied to rescue the sub's crew.
Described in press reports as a "termagant" - a "harsh-tempered and overbearing woman" - Careless constantly interrupted and insulted the dignitary.
Morris, termagant that she is, was holding Vineet's hand, reassuring him that everything would be okay.
Barry was also famed for sourcing talent without spending the earth and at the Goffs Sportsman's Sale of 2008 he and Prendergast gave €36,000 for a War Chant colt and €34,000 for a Powerscourt filly who a year later as Kingsfort and Termagant were sent out by the trainer to win the National Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes within weeks of each other.
His tribulations included a termagant father who was impossible to please and placate.
Western representations of the Muslim woman: from termagant to odalisque.
Kate, so sweet of voice and broad of girth that the boy believes for a time that she's the singer Kate Smith, is actually a muumuu-wearing termagant. But he's saved by Herman, or, more precisely, the two save each other.
So when, for instance, Eyre commends the conscripted Ralph's military prowess, he does so using layered metatheatrical terms: "Hector of Troy was hackney to him, Hercules and Termagant scoundrels.
As she argues, the early modern period saw the birth of the aesthetic ideal of verisimilitude, the need to "Suit the action to the word, the word to the action" (8-9): Hamlet himself famously ridicules cycle drama when he states he would have a fellow whipped for "o'erdoing Termagant. It out-Herods Herod" (3.2.13-14).
Angela Hargreaves from the Staffordshire town of Eccleshall, published 'Rotten Row' earlier this year, and its characters include a philandering boyfriend, a buxom, saucy caterer, a "decrepit old wreck" of a gentleman fond of hunting and breasts and a sex-crazed widow described as a "termagant little hag of a woman".
Now may Mahound that ruleth us, and Apollo our good lord And Termagant protect the King, and the Queen watch andward.