wittol


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
Legend
Synonym
Antonym
Related
  • noun

Words related to wittol

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

Related Words

References in periodicals archive ?
After LT was published and a kind of poetical press war developed, Swinburne complained that Tennyson's version had "lowered the note and deformed the outline of the Arthurian story, by reducing Arthur to the level of a wittol, Guenevere to the level of a woman of intrigue, and Lancelot to the level of a 'co-respondent.
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).
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.
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.