- flourished late 5th century b.c., wife of Socrates.
- a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman.
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Examples from the Web for xantippe
His domestic life was not happy, his wife, Xantippe, being a noted shrew.History of Education
It is not Xantippe, but Lucretia, whom I call the woman of true courage.The Blossoms of Morality
But Xantippe was too busy folding out the creases of her cloak to notice him.
"I am going out for work," he said, as Xantippe opened her eyes.
Xantippe was there, talking to her child, and quietly bade him go away.
- the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman
- any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman
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Word Origin and History for xantippe
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