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wife-beater

noun
  1. a man who hits his wife
Derived Formswife-beating, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The aspect of Willems as a wife-beater presented to him no interest.

    An Outcast of the Islands

    Joseph Conrad

  • The man was a wife-beater when drunk, which he was whenever he had “the price.”

    Neighbors

    Jacob A. Riis

  • Not the wife-beater, for afterward he might beg her forgiveness and kiss her.

    The Starbucks

    Opie Percival Read

  • How do we know but what that wife-beater loved his wife dearly before marriage, and she did not care for him?

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • For example, the selfishness of a wife-beater is lower than the selfishness of a man who gives up his life for another.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion