Vocabulary: termagant – untamed shrew


Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Sentence: When the Chicago Tribune quoted one particular Sabin attack on Prohibition, it explained: "These vehement words were spoken, you must remember, not by the old fashioned type of platform termagant, but by a lady sitting in her beautifully appointed drawing room—rare books, good picture and rich tapestries all around her.
Page: 340

Word: termagant
Definition:
  • n. - A quarrelsome, scolding woman; a shrew.
  • adj. - Shrewish; scolding.
  • [From Middle English Termagaunt, imaginary Muslim deity portrayed as a violent and overbearing character in medieval mystery plays, alteration of Tervagant, from Old French.]

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Sounds like single issue politics

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