virago

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin virago ‎(warlike or heroic woman).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vɪˈrɑːɡəʊ/

Noun[edit]

virago ‎(plural viragos or viragoes)

  1. A woman given to undue belligerence or ill manner at the slightest provocation; a shrew, a termagant.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago. Next day she found her way to their lodgings and tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head.
  2. A woman who is scolding, domineering, or highly opinionated; a fishwife, a nag.
  3. A woman who is rough, loud, and aggressive.

Quotations[edit]

1964, Joan was all Arden, grinning there, siding with her virago mother. — Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

virago f (invariable or literary plural: viragini)

  1. amazon

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vir ‎(man).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

virago f ‎(genitive viragīnis); third declension

  1. a warlike woman

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative virago viraginēs
genitive viraginis viraginum
dative viraginī viraginibus
accusative viraginem viraginēs
ablative viragine viraginibus
vocative virago viraginēs

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