battered wife

battered wife
woman who is physically abused by her husband

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • battered wife syndrome — noun see battered woman syndrome …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • battered wife syndrome — noun see battered woman syndrome …   Useful english dictionary

  • battered — attered adj. 1. In deplorable condition; as, the battered old Ford station wagon. Syn: beat up, beaten up, bedraggled, broken down, dilapidated, ramshackle, tumble down, unsound. [WordNet 1.5] 2. Hit or pounded repeatedly and violently with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • battered woman syndrome — battered wom·an syndrome wu̇ mən , wō , wə also battered wom·an s syndrome mənz n the highly variable symptom complex of physical and psychological injuries exhibited by a woman repeatedly abused esp. physically by her mate called also battered… …   Medical dictionary

  • Battered woman defence — The battered woman defence is a legal defence representing that the person accused of an assault or murder was suffering from battered person syndrome at the material time. Because the defence is almost invariably invoked by women, it is usually… …   Wikipedia

  • battered woman syndrome — noun Date: 1984 the highly variable symptom complex of physical and psychological injuries exhibited by a woman repeatedly abused especially physically by her mate called also battered woman s syndrome, battered wife syndrome, battered women s… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • battered woman syndrome — noun also battered woman s syndrome or battered wife syndrome or battered women s syndrome : the highly variable symptom complex of physical and psychological injuries exhibited by a woman repeatedly abused especially physically by her mate …   Useful english dictionary

  • wife — W1S1 [waıf] n plural wives [waıvz] [: Old English; Origin: wif woman, wife ] the woman that a man is married to →↑husband, spouse ↑spouse ▪ Have you met my wife? ▪ a refuge for battered wives ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wife — n. 1) (old fashioned) to take a wife 2) to beat; desert, leave one s wife 3) an abused, battered; common law; estranged wife; ex wife, former; jealous; unfaithful wife 4) (misc.) he had two children by his first wife * * * [waɪf] battered common… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wife — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ new ▪ future ▪ former (also ex wife) ▪ first, second, etc. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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