Wednesday, March 31, 2010


uxorial • \uk-SOR-ee-ul\ • adjective
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a wife

Example Sentence:
“He watered the plants, cleared aspen leaves and debris from the rock garden, and cut the lawn … without any uxorial prompting.” (Rois M. Beal, The Washington Post, July 19, 2007)

Did you know?
With help from "-ial," "-ious," and "-icide," the Latin word "uxor," meaning "wife," has given us the English words "uxorial," "uxorious" (meaning "excessively fond of or submissive to a wife"), and "uxoricide" ("murder of a wife by her husband" or "a wife murderer"). Do we have equivalent "husband" words? Well, sort of. "Maritus" means "husband" in Latin, so "marital" can mean "of or relating to a husband and his role in marriage" (although "maritus" also means "married," and the "of or relating to marriage or the married state" sense of "marital" is far more common). And while "mariticide" is "spouse killing," it can also be specifically "husband-killing."

I've learned about my uxorial role through both watching my mother, and other women I respect.

Your turn! Use uxorial in a sentence in the comments section.

Leave the name of the giveaway you want an extra entry for in parentheses after the sentence, and your alias you entered the giveaway as if it's different from the name you leave a comment under.  Ex.  (Hush,Hush; I Heart Monster)


Shy said...

I am not sure if I'm ready to get married because I don't know if I've enough uxorial trait in me (Swaggerific giveaway, Shy)

May said...

As odd as this may be, my boyfriend has shown more signs of being the uxorial one in our relationship. (and I'm not kidding!) :)

(Incarceron; May)

elizabeth said...

I don't think I will ever perfect my uxorial role since I can't cook and hate to clean. (FIRST IN A SERIES SIX PACK, elizabeth)

LiLi said...

I'm uxorious of my mother when she takes control of a situation. (Prophecy of the Sisters + pre-order of Guardian of the Gate)

Anonymous said...

Uxoricide is the number one cause of death of pregnant women. (I'm not sure if that's seriously true or not, so don't quote me on it.....)

OK, that's too morbid, I'll do another:

Mark's buddies made fun of his uxorious behavior, but his wife was the envy of her friends.

I'd like an extra entry for Hush, Hush. I WANT that book! lol

Shelleyrae said...

I belive if I don't put down my book ( Kim harrison's When Demons Dare) soon and make dinner my husband may consider uxoricide justified.

(Swaggerific giveaway: shelleyrae)

littledelilah said...

I use my uxorious persuasuve skills to help get things taken care of around the house ;o)

(littledelilah; The Life Of Glass by Jillian Cantor )

Lisa R said...

The uxorious tendencies of Pat made us wonder if we should call him Patty instead.
The writer of this comment in no way means anything homophobic, I swear.

An extra entry to the Paranormalcy giveaway, please.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
(='.'=) Happy Easter from Bun!

AtenRa said...

My boyfriend's idea of uxorial duties -cooking, cleaning- doesn't sit well with his friends. (I wish!)
(ARC of Kiss Of Death by Rachel Caine, AtenRa)

Tina said...

My boyfriend thinks I'm the perfect wife because my uxorial role is totally developed.

('They say it's our birthday', Tina)

Wrighty said...

I'm very lucky that my husband also helps with the uxorial chores around the house. What a guy!
(First in a Series 6 pack, Wrighty)