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Uxorious

A man extremely fond of his wife, to the extent of being submissive.

Origin

Dated back to the 1590’s, this noun stems from the Latin uxorious, ‘of or pertaining to a wife’ and uxor-simply ‘wife’.

Why this word?

Let’s admit it, you guys especially, you have many friends who do not leave the house alone or without permission. Brothers who are almost afraid to choose their own clothes or uncles who admire their wives so much- that it is no longer a good thing. So this is the word to describe them!

Another interesting word in the same realm, is uxoricide, Microsoft Word marks it as a mistake but it is nonetheless  the murder of one’s wife. If you are asking me- the uxorious husbands are those who eventually result in uxoricide… So women, beware, too much affection is sometimes, TOO much…

If I already added one extra word, let’s add an extra fact- there are no corresponding adjectives to a wife being dominated by her husband, nor is there a special name for a husband murdered by his wife…

How to use uxorious?

Simply add this specific adjective to anyone who deserves it… “Look at David! He apologizes each time his wife sneezes! So uxorious…

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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