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- Xanthippe Fifth century B.C. The wife of Socrates, traditionally described as shrewish and scolding.
- n. An ill-tempered woman.
- From Ancient Greek Ξανθίππη (Xanthippē), the name of the shrewish wife of Socrates. (Wiktionary)
“R.D. Hicks), tells the following anecdote about Socrates and his wife Xanthippe, which is also preserved in other ancient authors:”
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“Emancipor Reese - married to a woman who gives off an impression that Xanthippe was her kind grandmother, having two kids who are probably not of his own seed and on top of that being followed by a severe case of bad luck - is a character you can't help but sympathise with, even though you never really get attached to him.”
“In fact, Xanthippe is described as a difficult woman to say the very least.”
“Just an old lady, who knows, a Xanthippe, when she sees one.”
“Duci volunt, non cogi: though she be as arrant a scold as Xanthippe, as cruel as Medea, as clamorous as Hecuba, as lustful as Messalina, by such means (if at all) she may be reformed.”
“Good men have often ill wives, as bad as Xanthippe was to Socrates,”
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