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cuckoldom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cuckoldom the state of a husband whose wife has committed adultery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cuckoldom The state of a cuckold; cuckolds, collectively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cuckoldom The state of being a cuckold; cuckolds collectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cuckoldom state of a cuckold: act of adultery
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Quotations

  • Henry Fielding
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    “Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness. It is, Sir, the great grandfather of cuckoldom.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cucuaultcucu, cuckoo.

Usage

In literature:

Very pretty; it seems that I am conducting to my own cuckoldom.
"The Double-Dealer" by William Congreve
Never doubt it; for if the spirit of cuckoldom be once raised up in a woman, the devil can't lay it, until she has done't.
"The Old Bachelor" by William Congreve
It is a true saying, that the last man of the parish that knows of his cuckoldom is himself.
"The History of John Bull" by John Arbuthnot
I know some who consentingly have acquired both profit and advancement from cuckoldom, of which the bare name only affrights so many people.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
If we are rightly inform'd, the Rules that are observed by this new Society are wonderfully contriv'd for the Advancement of Cuckoldom.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Associated Words: marital, monandry, polyandry cuckold, cuckoldom, henpecked.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Now Carandas soon recognised the fact that among cuckoldoms the best understood and the most discreet is ecclesiastical cuckoldom.
"Droll Stories, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Never doubt it; for if the spirit of cuckoldom be once raised up in a woman, the devil can't lay it, until she has done't.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
In cuckoldom, the art of attack is prodigiously improved beyond the art of defence.
"Three Hours after Marriage" by John Gay
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In poetry:

THE whole our judge conceded;—could he less?
The secret of his recent change of dress
Was promised to be kept: and that unknown,
E'en cuckoldom again might there have flown.
"The Little Dog" by Jean de La Fontaine
To wait upon a prince of royal birth,
Was forced t'acknowledge cuckoldom among
The gods who rule the matrimonial throng,
And sacrifice thereto with aching heart
Cornuted heads dire torments oft impart:
"Joconde" by Jean de La Fontaine
THE husband who so fully gave consent,
Was led his partner's suff'rings to lament
The spirit of a queen in truth she showed,
When cuckoldom was on her spouse bestowed;
In decoration, forced to acquiesce,
She would not condescend to join caress.
"The Mandrake" by Jean de La Fontaine