Word of the Week: Uxorious

English: A woman flogging a submissive man on ...

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So, avuncular, saturnine, sybaritic, antediluvian, concomitant and now…

Her: Next word: uxorious.
Me: Ooh. Good. What’s it mean?
Her: Showing excessive and submissive fondness for one’s wife.

Uxorious, an adjective, is defined by Webster’s Fourth as “dotingly or irrationally fond of or submissive to one’s wife.” Which makes this seem like a set-up.

In my short exploration, uxorious seems like one of those words that people stumble across and then insert for the wrong reasons in ungainly sentences. What makes the word, it seems to me, is the “dotingly or irrationally” part. Otherwise “fond” or “submissive” would suffice.

Or maybe I am just a sexist jerk.

  • What you found is so unlike the nice, uxorious man you’re married to, who jokes about his lack of interest in pornography.
  • It goes without saying that few actors do surly better than Tommy Lee, which is why his conversion to uxorious renewal makes for decent dramedy.
  • They were like an infinitely more uxorious Ike and Tina Turner.
  • Anonymous wrote: …and Romney is a pet abusing, uxorious and sadistic job destroyer.
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