from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Xanthippe.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of Xanthippe.


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  • But unless your penny-pinching pal actually lives on Australia's only real Struggle St - a long road running through a remote area called Xantippe in WA - he's lying to you. | Top Stories

  • In 1879 Levy became the second Jewish woman to attend Cambridge and the first at Newnham College, which she left in 1881 when her first volume, Xantippe and Other Verse, was published.

    Amy Levy.

  • Her precocious early poetry, composed in her teens, included ‘Run to Death’, about a gypsy woman pursued by French aristocrats, and ‘Xantippe’, a dramatic monologue in which the maligned wife of Socrates makes a spirited claim for the intellectual capacity of women.

    Writers in Victorian England.

  • Mrs. Cleishbotham was not long before renewing the subject; for, like most of the race of Xantippe, (though my help-mate is a well-spoken woman,) she loves to thrust in her oar where she is not able to pull it to purpose.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • This large seal-ring, for instance, was — I have heard you say — the property of Socrates; if so, you cannot view it save with devout thankfulness, that your own philosophy has never been tried with the exercise of a Xantippe.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • And when [3975] his wife Xantippe struck and misused him, to some friends that would have had him strike her again, he replied, that he would not make them sport, or that they should stand by and say, Eia

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Socrates, eia Xantippe, as we do when dogs fight, animate them the more by clapping of hands.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • He was a good many things in his time, was A, and so were most of his friends, except X, who had so little versatility, that I never knew him to get beyond Xerxes or Xantippe — like Y, who was always confined to a Yacht or a Yew

    A Christmas Tree

  • As he grew more benevolent, she grew more virulent: when he went to plays, she went to Bible societies, and vice versâ: in fact, she led him such a life as Xantippe led

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • Xantippe, in the company of Mrs. Downe, drove past on their way to the shore.

    Wessex Tales


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  • "Blond horse" wife of Socrates, and mother of their 3 sons. Not a hippo, she, apparently.

    September 1, 2010