New Wednesday feature: Word of the Week

I’ve decided to try again to maintain a weekly feature. I’ve changed the day of the week from hectic Friday to more relaxed mid-week Wednesday, and the topic is simple: a word that I come across that I find unusual or interesting enough to share! I hope it will increase my vocabulary, and yours!

So here goes…

This week’s word is: UXORIOUS (pronunciation: uhk-sawr-ee-uhs)‘s definition of this word: (adjective) doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one’s wife.

Origin: Latin 1590-1600; < Latin ūxōrius, equivalent to ūxor wife + -ius -ious gives this explanation:

A man who dotes on or really adores his wife is uxorious. Your uxorious grandfather, for example, might plan your grandmother’s surprise birthday party months in advance.

Uxorious goes back to the Latin root ūxor, “wife,” and it came into English in the 16th century. Uxorious is usually negative, a way to show that a husband has too much concern for his wife or is submissive to her desires. It’s also an increasingly dated, old fashioned word, as a husband is considered uxorious if he lets his wife “control” him. There’s no corresponding adjective you can use of a wife “controlled” by her husband.

Here is a quiz:
A man might be considered uxorious if:

  1. He urges her to travel.
  2. He laughs at her foolishness.
  3. He gives her an hour long massage.
  4. He tells her how to budget her money.

I think it would be better to revive this word with a positive connotation and let it apply to either spouse: If you are really devoted to your spouse and want to be with her or him all the time, you are uxorious!

A uxorious couple?
A uxorious couple?

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