wittol


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an archaic term for a cuckold who knows about his wife's infidelity but tolerates it

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and wittol, meaning a husband complicit in his wife's adultery.
Words like "wittol", a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness, have not been used much since the 1940s.
The situation illustrates a pattern Douglas Bruster has identified in city comedy: 'the wittol is so often a social-climbing citizen, the cuckolder so often an aristocrat; "class", in its modern sense of "prestige", is what seeks and is sought by money'.
(4) Swinburne wrote: "Mr Tennyson has lowered the note and deformed the outline of the Arthurian story, by reducing Arthur to wittol, Guenevere to the level of a woman of intrigue, and Launcelot to the level of a 'co-respondent'" (Swinburne 1872 [1967]: 318).
In the more extrovert Restoration comedies, such as Etherege's The Comical Revenge, or Love in a Tub (1664), or Congreve's The Old Bachelor (1693), the choice falls on a bumbling country squire whose name (Sir Nicholas Cully in Etherege, Sir Joseph Wittol in Congreve) suggests his nature.
The book makes good on Bruster's promise to examine "three general strategies" through which the dramatists "attempted to come to grips with social change" (xii-xiii): the transformation of traditional links between sexual and economic production, particularly in the figure of the wittol, or willing cuckold, who for economic gain allows other men sexual access to his wife; the adoption of rural tropes to city use, as in cuckoldry and farce; and the exploitation in a new economic climate of traditional parallels between Troy and London, particularly in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida.
It is a term that he prematurely adopts in order to distinguish himself from the "wittol," from the foolish husband who would knowingly endure his wife's infidelity.
Unwilling to be labeled a wittol, Ford vows to make public the activities that have reduced him to a cuckold.
Other words include 'wittol' - a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness, which has not been much used since the 1940s.
Best Before: 1890s Alienism ThE study and treatment of mental illness Best Before: 1920s Rundlet A LiquiD measure, usually about 15 gallons Best Before: 1920s Wittol mAN who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness Best Before: 1940s Drysalter DeALer in certain chemical products, such as dyestuffs and gums, also dried, tinned, or salted foods and edible oils.
The unintended deadly effect of playing the wittol, a man who is aware of and complaisant about the infidelity of his wife' (OED 1), is that Mosby and Alice find it easier to plot the murder and convince themselves and others they can get away with it.
Other words on the list include "wittol" - meaning a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness - a term which has not been used very much since back in the 1940s.
Algernon Swinburne famously accused "the Morte d'Albert, or Idylls of the Prince Consort" of sullying the "Arthurian story, by reducing Arthur to the level of a wittol, Guenevere to the level of a woman of intrigue, and Launcelot to the level of a 'corespondent'" (Tennyson: Critical Heritage, p.