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Meaning of "Stepford wife" in the English dictionary

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WHAT DOES STEPFORD WIFE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

The Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives is a 1972 satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin. The story concerns Joanna Eberhart, a photographer and young mother who begins to suspect that the frighteningly submissive housewives in her new idyllic Connecticut neighborhood may be robots created by their husbands. Two films of the same name have been adapted from the novel; the first starred Katharine Ross and was released in 1975, while a remake starring Nicole Kidman appeared in 2004. Edgar J. Scherick produced the 1975 version, all three sequels, and was posthumously credited as producer in the 2004 remake. The term "Stepford wife", which is often used in popular culture, stemmed from the novel and is usually a reference to a submissive and docile wife. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, it was sometimes used in reference to any woman, even an accomplished professional woman, who had subordinated her life and/or career to her husband's interests and who affected submission and devotion to him even in the face of the husband's public problems and disgrace.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE STEPFORD WIFE

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WORDS THAT END LIKE STEPFORD WIFE

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Synonyms and antonyms of Stepford wife in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «Stepford wife» into 25 languages

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Translator English - Chinese

娇妻妻子
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

esposa de Stepford
570 millions of speakers

English

Stepford wife
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Stepford पत्नी
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

زوجة ستبفورد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Степфордские жены
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

esposa de Stepford
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্টাফফোর্ড স্ত্রী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

femme de Stepford
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Isteri Stepford
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Stepford Frau
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ステップフォードの妻
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

Stepford 아내
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Istri Stepford
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

vợ Stepford
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

Stepford மனைவி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्टेफफोर्ड पत्नी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Stepford eşi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

moglie Stepford
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

żona ze Stepford
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Степфордские дружини
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

soție Stepford
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

Στέπφορντ σύζυγος
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

Step Ford vrou
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

Stepford fru
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

Stepford kone
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of Stepford wife

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «STEPFORD WIFE»

The term «Stepford wife» is normally little used and occupies the 125.958 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about Stepford wife

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «STEPFORD WIFE»

Discover the use of Stepford wife in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Stepford wife and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Stepford Wives
The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil, and Rosemary's Baby With an Introduction by Peter Straub For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford ...
Ira Levin, 2011
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Horror Films of the 1970s
Joanna understand that there are things that make us all special only to ourselves, and that those are the very things she will lose when “converted” into a Stepford wife. That's why the situation is universal beyond the male-female issue.
John Kenneth Muir, 2002
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Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s
Is calling someone a "Stepford wife" an attempt to address our culture's oppressiveness in encouraging women to surrender their independence and voices for social and interpersonal approval and the "security" of a traditional marriage?
Sherrie A. Inness, 2003
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Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion
A 'Stepford Wife' is a dutiful wife who is mindlessly devoted to the minutiae of domestic life and blindly obeys her husband, seeming to have no mind or wishes of her own; more generally, anyone who unthinkingly supports another person or  ...
Andrew Delahunty, Sheila Dignen, 2012
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Entering a Male Domain: Women in Rugby and Martial Arts
Lucy began her response by stating that there were athletic bodies and "Stepford Wife" bodies: Sports wise, I think athletic, athletic body definitely for sure. Non- athletic, Stepford Wife, basically, how thin can I be? Again like the spa thing and all ...
Giovanna Follo, 2007
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Women and Christianity
Charmaine, another Stepford wife, is an avid tennis player. Yet after she is replaced by a robot, “Charmaine” has her tennis court destroyed so her husband can have the heated swimming pool he always wanted. The robot wife Charmaine ...
Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Karen Jo Torjesen, 2009
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Ms. and the Material Girls: Perceptions of Women from the ...
The women of the 1975 movie version of The Stepford Wives dressed according to their husbands' instructions. They look more like a bridal party than a group of women doing their weekly shopping. The term Stepford wife has come to refer to  ...
Catherine Gourley, 2008
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Film Remakes, Adaptations and Fan Productions: Remake/Remodel
The two convince their husbands of their desperate need to move away; however , before either one of them is able to follow through, Bobby returns from a weekend away with her husband changed into a “Stepford wife” like the rest. Realizing ...
Kathleen Loock, Constantine Verevis, 2012
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The Male Chauvenist and the Male Basher
Stepford wife -Used to describe a servile, compliant, submissive, spineless wife who happily does her husband's bidding and service... In the novel, which takes place in the fictional town of Stepford, Connecticut, men replaced their wives with  ...
Vanessa Jones, 2010
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Confessions of a Pink-Haired Lunatic
... to admit that something was off in his formulation. That. L. aura Doyle put out a best selling book called The Surrendered the stuff was just plain awful. The look on his 105 Marital Bliss How To Make A Happy Marriage— Be A Stepford Wife.
Janet Periat, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «STEPFORD WIFE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term Stepford wife is used in the context of the following news items.
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Bryony Gordon on trying to be a 'good wife'
It's as if you've turned into a Stepford Wife!” “I'm trying to be a good wife, actually. Not difficult, like usual.” “But you are a good wife! You're my wife, and I married ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 15»
2
Natalie Imbruglia is the perfect 60s housewife in music video for Daft …
Back with a bang, the Australian-born beauty chooses to channel her inner Stepford wife in a chilling adaptation of the Daft Punk classic, wearing lashings of ... «Daily Mail, Apr 15»
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Zooey Deschanel Is the New Girl in This Shockingly Suburban …
... so it came as a big surprise when she purchased a suburban home that would impress any Stepford wife. The 5,166-square-foot Manhattan Beach, CA, home ... «POPSUGAR, Apr 15»
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Miss Cheltenham Sophie Lydia Smith branded a 'Stepford Wife' on …
But last night, Miss Cheltenham Sophie Lydia Smith, was clearly upset by being described as a 'Stepford Wife' on the Channel 4 show on Wednesday. It was a ... «Gloucestershire Echo, Jan 15»
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Nicki Minaj Gets All Stepford Wife On David Guetta's 'Hey Mama …
Nicki Minaj may really be ready to settle down. On Tuesday, the Queen Barb spoke to Complex about her hopes to become a wife, mother and all-around family ... «MTV.com, Nov 14»
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Nicky Maidment: 'I stopped being a Stepford wife'
She felt worthless as a mother a human being – she had effectively become a "Stepford Wife", who lived to serve her partner. Nicky, 55, from Clifton, Bristol, said: ... «Western Daily Press, Nov 14»
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Is Kim Kardashian Turning Into a Stepford Wife?
Now that they're married, some new "Stepford wife" rumors have emerged and it sounds like friends aren't happy about how she's handling motherhood and ... «Cambio, Sep 14»
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Lindsay Lohan Steps Out Looking Like a Stepford Wife!
We know Lindsay Lohan has a new show on OWN, but that doesn't mean she needs to start dressing like the 55-year-old women who watch that network! «E! Online, Mar 14»
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I'm not signing up to be a Stepford Wife
Ladies, hold that letter to Santa: I have just the thing for your Christmas list. There's a new book flying off the shelves faster than Fifty Shades of Grey. In fact, Fifty ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Dec 13»
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'The World's End' … Stepford Men … Ekk!
Being a recovering Stepford Wife who ironically was directed by an Englishman, Bryan Forbes, I resented this — especially since it was not funny, though it ... «TheWrap, Aug 13»

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