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  • The wife of Socrates, traditionally described as shrewish and scolding.

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  • noun An ill-tempered woman.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Ξανθίππη (Xanthippē), the name of the shrewish wife of Socrates.

Examples

  • R.D. Hicks), tells the following anecdote about Socrates and his wife Xanthippe, which is also preserved in other ancient authors:

    Laudator Temporis Acti

  • R.D. Hicks), tells the following anecdote about Socrates and his wife Xanthippe, which is also preserved in other ancient authors:

    Laudator Temporis Acti

  • R.D. Hicks), tells the following anecdote about Socrates and his wife Xanthippe, which is also preserved in other ancient authors:

    Laudator Temporis Acti

  • She feared that her husband's disciples would represent her as another Xanthippe, the shrewish wife of Socrates.

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  • "We had Xanthippe, the wife of Socrates," Frank recalled of one recent puppy.

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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.

    Steven Erikson - Blood Follows (Book Review)

  • 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.

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  • Xanthippe: I hear there is a HUGE investment going into the upgrades.

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  • Xanthippe: oh i wish i could promote your comment. instead you get a heart click and 7 internets mfusion

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  • In fact, Xanthippe is described as a difficult woman to say the very least.

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