(archaic) An imaginary deity with a violent temperament who featured in medieval mystery plays, represented as being worshiped by Muslims.
Other Word Forms of Termagant
Origin of Termagant
From Middle English Termagaunt imaginary Muslim deity portrayed as a violent and overbearing character in medieval mystery plays alteration of Tervagant from Old French
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French Tervagant, from Italian Trivagante, interpreted as being from Latin tri- + vagari (“wander").
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