Wednesday, May 18, 2011

uxorious



uxorious [ʌkˈsɔriəs] a.

1.) Of persons: Dotingly or submissively fond of a wife; devotedly attached to a wife.
2.) Fig. (of inanimate objects, etc.).
3.) Of actions, etc.: Marked or characterized by excessive affection for one's wife (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition).

Etymology: From Latin uxorius, from uxor, wife.

"With these in troop
Came Astoreth, whom the Phoenicians called
Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns;
To whose bright image nightly by the moon
Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs;
In Sion also not unsung, where stood
Her temple on th' offensive mountain, built
By that uxorious king whose heart, though large,
Beguiled by fair idolatresses, fell
To idols foul" (Paradise Lost, John Milton, 1667).

The Queen of Sheba Kneeling before King Solomon, Johann Friedrich August Tischbein, ~1790

36 comments:

nowaysj said...

I'm definitely uxorious.

Followed!

Nom de Plume said...

haha fantastic word!

Speedy Ed said...

nice video

Intraman said...

waw this is an incredible word

Angela Felsted said...

Makes me wish I were into soccer (um . . . I mean football.) Showing my American roots there.

HiFi said...

This word is pretty cool.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'm sure that this word would not have been a compliment in a traditional patriarchal world. The quotation from Milton bears that out. Poor uxorious king, led astray by Devil Women. The word probably had the same connotation as "pussy-whipped" today.

DEZMOND said...

what a strange word :) Do you have a word for wives who love their hubs in the same way? :)

Z said...

How about someone is devoted to his husband?---like me..:):)

Zombie said...

I have never even heard this word before. lol.

PeaceLoveandSharpies said...

The word sounds different than it's meaning.
:3

If I were balderdashing, I'd say it meant something more evil...
Like...He uxoriously planned on killing the king.
xD

Fang said...

That's the most romantic underused word ever <3

jamiesaur said...

i like this word

shari said...

I have NEVER heard of this word before... should I be sad? ;-) Great word!!

I'm not a huge sports fan, though one of my cats is named Beckham, after David, because he's so great with his feet! (And he's Spicy. Ha ha.)

Couture Carrie said...

Love the word and the context you provide ~ fantastic post!

xoxox,
CC

Banacek said...

Latin words just look awesome.

Solsby Kid said...

Great clip! :D

D4 said...

It's the prettier version of whipped. I prefer uxorious. People will just think I'm some fancy snob. Yep.

Mercurio said...

I'm uxorious to my computer... did I use it correctly?

Dave said...

Ive always been uxorious until I came to my senses lol.

Dejch said...

ok i will have to translate it to find out what does it mean in my language

Rob said...

I must say that is an amazingly interesting word.

Jason said...

Great post! I like your blog!

Malkavian said...

Fuuu i thought i was well versed in the English language but that is why on my resume i dont mark ENGLISH LANGUAGE 100%. Because of those little details.

G said...

wow cool word

M Pax said...

I was unaware of this word and like it very much.

Quetopia said...

I'm going to use this word at least ten times today, twice.

Wintermute said...

a new word for me

Melanie said...

cool word. some might get annoyed by this behavior. just saying...

The Words Crafter said...

I like the way this one sounds :)

Colin Biano said...

i'm not very uxorious when hungry >:[

Trisha said...

@Colin - hahahaha ;)

WanderingWriter said...

I know a few uxorious guys...

Patti D. said...

that is nice! you can never be enough uxorious!!

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

I like this word. I pretty much like any word that has an X in it. Makes it interesting!

Chris Hashemi said...

A very pretty sounding word, and with a sweet meaning(if you have a good wife that is).

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