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termagant

[ tur-muh-guhnt ]
/ ˈtɜr mə gənt /
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noun

a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman.
(initial capital letter) a mythical deity popularly believed in the Middle Ages to be worshiped by the Muslims and introduced into the morality play as a violent, overbearing personage in long robes.

adjective

violent; turbulent; brawling; shrewish.

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Origin of termagant

1175–1225; Middle English Termagaunt, earlier Tervagaunt, alteration of Old French Tervagan name of the imaginary deity
ter·ma·gant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for termagant

termagant
/ (ˈtɜːməɡənt) /

noun

  1. a shrewish woman; scold
  2. (as modifier)a termagant woman
termagancy, nountermagantly, adverb
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
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