Definition of uxorious in English:

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Pronunciation: /əkˈsôrēəs/
Pronunciation: /ˌəɡˈzôrēəs/


Having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one’s wife.
Example sentences
  • An uxorious man, he had brought to Australia his wife Vanessa, despite her phobia about flying.
  • He was an almost perfect spouse - uxorious, hard working, a good provider; gentle.
  • Domingo is highly courtly and uxorious towards her, despite the abounding stories of affairs.



Example sentences
  • But when the Great Lover married his hussy and began uxoriously washing diapers and doing kitchen chores to please her, his prestige began to wane.
  • Having read his correspondence, I can only think he was uxoriously fond of his wife.


Pronunciation: /ˌəkˈsôrēəsnəs/ Pronunciation: /ˌəkˈzôrēəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • He's a series of contradictory characteristics - valor/cowardice, nobility/cravenness, promiscuity / uxoriousness, selfishness/camaraderie, and every one of them is genuine, as the situation demands.
  • Virtually nothing is seen of his 25-year relationship with his second wife, Julia, who, he says, steered him from a failing marriage and compulsive promiscuity into ‘a harbour of safe uxoriousness’.
  • The upper-class is too immured in money and cushioned by creature comforts and servants to know anything about uxoriousness.


Late 16th century: from Latin uxoriosus, from uxor 'wife'.

Words that rhyme with uxorious

censorious, glorious, laborious, meritorious, notorious, uproarious, vainglorious, victorious

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ux·o·ri·ous

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