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termagant Syllabification: ter·ma·gant
Pronunciation: /ˈtərməɡənt/

Definition of termagant in English:


1A harsh-tempered or overbearing woman.
Example sentences
  • Your highness, sorry about the shrieking termagant!
  • He rolled his eyes at his mother, who was practically puffing up in indignation for the termagant who had all but threw him out of her home after the argument they had about the engagement.
  • Rourke was sure he would not want to face the termagant anytime soon.
2 (Termagant) historical An imaginary deity of violent and turbulent character, often appearing in morality plays.


Middle English (sense 2): via Old French from Italian Trivigante, taken to be from Latin tri- 'three' + vagant- 'wandering', and to refer to the moon “wandering” between heaven, earth, and hell under the three names Selene, Artemis, and Persephone.

Words that rhyme with termagant

arrogant • extravagant
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