424. Women


See also 253. MALE ; 255. MANKIND ; 281. MOTHER ; 327. PREGNANCY ; 364. SEX ; 418. WIFE .

bluestockingism
1. the state of being a pedantic or literal-minded woman.
2. behavior characteristic of such a woman. — bluestocking , n., adj.
coverture
Law. the status of a married woman.
emmenology
that branch of medicine that deals with menstruation and its related disorders.
femicide
1. the murder of a woman.
2. the murderer of a woman. Also called gynecide, gynaecide . — femicidal , adj.
gunocracy
gynecocracy.
gynarchy
a form of government by a woman or women. Also called gynecocracy . — gynarchic , adj.
gynecocracy
rule by women. Also called gunocracy, gyneocracy, gynaeocracy .
gynecolatry, gynaecolatry
the worship of women. Also gyneolatry . — gynecolater , n.
gynecology, gynaecology
the branch of medical science that studies the diseases of women, especially of the reproductive organs. — gynecologist , n. gynecologic, gynecological , adj.
gynecopathy, gynaecopathy
any illness that afflicts only women. — gynecopathic, gynaecopathic , adj.
gynephobia, gynophobia
an abnormal fear or hatred of women. — gynephobe , n.
gyniatrics
the medical field dealing with women’s dieases.
hoydenism
ill-bred, boisterous, or tomboyish behavior in a woman. — hoyden , n. hoydenish , adj.
maenadism
behavior characteristic of a maenad or bacchante; raging or wild behavior in a woman.
matriarchate
1. a matriarchal form of government.
2. a family, tribe, or other social group ruled by a matriarch or matriarchs. — matriarchic , adj.
matriarchy
1. a community in which the mother or oldest female is the supreme authority, and descent is traced through the female line.
2. government by females, with one as supreme. — matriarchist , n. matriarchic, matriarchical , adj.
misogyny
a hatred of women — misogynist , n.
nubility
the condition of being marriageable, especially in reference to a woman’s age or physical development. — nubile , adj.
parthenolatry
the worship of virgins.
parthenology
Physiology. the study of virginity.
philogyny
a love of or liking for women. — philogynist , n. philogynous , adj.
pudicity
modesty, especially chastity or chastefulness.
sexism
the practice of discriminating against women in job opportunities, salary levels and increases, and in other matters now generally considered to be equally the right of women. — sexist , n., adj.
sorority
a fellowship or association of women, as for a benevolent or charitable purpose or at a college.
suffragettism
militant advocacy of suffrage for women. See also 322. POLITICS .

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