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Latin. A common female brawler or scold. Formerly, a woman guilty of this offence, was liable to be immersed in a pool of water.


See also Scold. Latin. n. A common scold, communis rixatrix (for our laws -- Latin confines it to the feminine gender), is a public nuisance to her neighborhood, for which offense she may be indicted, and, if convicted, shall be sentenced to be placed in a certain engine of correction called a trebucket, castigatory, or cucking-stool, which in the Saxon language signifies the scolding stool, though now it is frequently corrupted into ducking-stool, because the residue of the judgment is, that when she is so placed therein, she shall be plunged in the water for her punishment. IV Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, 168 (Seventh Ed. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1775). 

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