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Synonyms for termagant

a person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes

Synonyms for termagant

a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman

References in classic literature ?
I must and will go," Amelia cried with the greatest spirit; and George, applauding her resolution, patted her under the chin, and asked all the persons present if they ever saw such a termagant of a wife, and agreed that the lady should bear him company.
76)--the play continues in a style redolent of Termagants and Herods (or at least King Cambyses).
It was published in 1987 by the Virago Press, a feminist publishing house founded in the 1970s that is now owned by TimeWarnerBooks, and it appeared in a series called Virago Upstarts--that is to say, parvenu termagants.
You want no rights, no power but what you possess: your empire is much better guarded by a bosom of snow, than it would be by the rusty battered breast plates, worn by those terrible termagants, the 'heroines of Paris.
Indeed, Hamlet's invective against stage-Herods and Termagants might mask an oblique critique also of Edward Alleyn as Tamburlaine: in the name of the true imitation of life, Hamlet rebukes actors who "neither having th'accent of Christians, nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of Nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably" 3.
He does not, in this satire, portray all wives as vicious termagants.