termagant

  • 1 Termagant — Ter ma*gant, n. [OE. Trivigant, Termagant, Termagant (in sense 1), OF. Tervagan; cf. It. Trivigante.] 1. An imaginary being supposed by the Christians to be a Mohammedan deity or false god. He is represented in the ancient moralities, farces, and …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Termagant — Ter ma*gant, a. Tumultuous; turbulent; boisterous; furious; quarrelsome; scolding. {Ter ma*gant*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] A termagant, imperious, prodigal, profligate wench. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 termagant — [tʉr′mə gənt] n. [ME Tervagant < OFr, name of an imaginary Muslim deity prob. introduced by the Crusaders] 1. [T ] an imaginary deity supposed by medieval Christians to be worshiped by Muslims and represented in morality plays as a boisterous …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 termagant — (n.) c.1500, violent, overbearing person (especially of women), from Teruagant, Teruagaunt (c.1200), name of a fictitious Muslim deity appearing in medieval morality plays, from O.Fr. Tervagant, a proper name in Chanson de Roland (c.1100), of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 termagant — *virago, scold, shrew, vixen, amazon …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 termagant — ► NOUN ▪ a bad tempered or overbearing woman. ORIGIN originally denoting a violent imaginary deity often appearing in medieval morality plays: from Italian Trivagante thrice wandering …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 Termagant — In Medieval Europe, Termagant was the name given to a god supposedly worshiped by Muslims.Origin of the conceptEuropean literature from the Middle Ages often referred to Muslims as pagans, or by sobriquets such as the paynim foe . These… …

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  • 8 Termagant — Tervagant (auch: Termagant) war in der mittelalterlichen europäischen Literatur der Name einer angeblichen muslimischen Gottheit. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Ursprünge 2 Tervagant in der Literatur 3 „Termagant“ als zänkisches Weib 4 Andere… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 9 termagant — UK [ˈtɜː(r)məɡənt] / US [ˈtɜrməɡənt] noun [countable] Word forms termagant : singular termagant plural termagants literary a woman who is always arguing and fighting …

    English dictionary

  • 10 termagant — [ tə:məg(ə)nt] noun 1》 a harsh tempered or overbearing woman. 2》 (Termagant) historical an imaginary deity of violent and turbulent character, often appearing in morality plays. Origin ME: via OFr. from Ital. Trivagante, taken to be from L. tri… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 11 termagant — noun (C) literary a noisy woman who often quarrels with people termagant adjective …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 termagant — n. & adj. n. 1 an overbearing or brawling woman; a virago or shrew. 2 (Termagant) hist. an imaginary deity of violent and turbulent character, often appearing in morality plays. adj. violent, turbulent, shrewish. Etymology: ME Tervagant f. OF… …

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  • 13 termagant — I. noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 13th century 1. capitalized a deity erroneously ascribed to Islam by medieval European Christians and represented in early English drama as a violent character 2. an overbearing or nagging woman ; shrew II …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 termagant — termagantly, adv. /terr meuh geuhnt/, n. 1. a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman. 2. (cap.) 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… …

    Universalium

  • 15 Termagant — noun /ˈtɜːməɡənt/ an imaginary deity with a violent temperament who featured in medieval mystery plays, represented as being worshiped by Muslims …

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  • 16 Termagant — Imaginary god supposed by ill informed Christians to be worshipped by Muslims …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 17 termagant — Synonyms and related words: Jezebel, Mafioso, Xanthippe, Young Turk, amazon, battle ax, beast, beldam, berserk, berserker, bitch, bitch kitty, boisterous, bomber, brute, cat, common scold, demon, devil, disorderly, dragon, fiend, fire eater,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 termagant — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes: fishwife, fury, harpy, scold, shrew, virago, vixen. Informal: battle ax. See PRAISE …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 termagant — ter|ma|gant [ tɜrməgənt ] noun count LITERARY a woman who is always arguing and fighting …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 termagant — ter·ma·gant || tÉœrmÉ™gÉ™nt / tɜːm n. shrewish and quarrelsome woman …

    English contemporary dictionary


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