or Xan·tip·pe

[ zan-tip-ee ]

  1. flourished late 5th century b.c., wife of Socrates.

  2. a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman.

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How to use Xanthippe in a sentence

  • The return of Xanthippe and his children indicates that the philosopher is not 'made of oak or rock.'

    Phaedo | Plato
  • The monologue of Xanthippe—in which she gave her candid opinion of Socrates—was, in its way, and within its limits, a masterpiece.

  • Xanthippe by name, yclept also Iaia by way of jest, escapes from sorrow since her soul from the body flies.

  • A new Xanthippe, she severely tried my Socratic patience by reiterating that I was frittering away her dowry—her dowry!

    The Confession of a Fool | August Strindberg
  • Queen Elizabeth, attended by Ophelia and Xanthippe, was walking along the river-bank.

    A House-Boat on the Styx | John Kendrick Bangs

British Dictionary definitions for Xanthippe


Xantippe (zænˈtɪpɪ)

/ (zænˈθɪpɪ) /

  1. the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman

  2. any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman

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