Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Kristie Miller, Ellen and Edith

For some time I have been struggling to find a near-synonym for “uxorious.”

It is an ugly old word that rebukes a man for being “overly fond” (Webster’s) or “submissively fond” (OED) of his wife.  Its earliest written usage (1598), by Joseph Hall, bishop of Norwich and poet, growled of “mannish housewives [who] make a drudge of their uxorious mates.”  Clearly, “whipped” will not do: That is a crude, more recent pejorative that has the same essential meaning as uxorious…(Read more at The Weekly Standard.)

 

 

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