[ hi-teer-iz-uh m ]
/ hɪˈtɪər ɪz əm /
a social system in which the women are considered common property.
Also he·tai·rism [hi-tahyuh r-iz-uh m] /hɪˈtaɪər ɪz əm/.
Related formshe·tae·rist, nounhet·ae·ris·tic [het-uh-ris-tik] /ˌhɛt əˈrɪs tɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hetaerism
Consequently the eternal companions of monogamy, hetaerism and adultery, play an almost insignificant role here.
By the side of the husband, who is making his life pleasant by hetaerism, stands the neglected wife.
British Dictionary definitions for hetaerism
/ (hɪˈtɪərɪzəm) /
the state of being a concubine
sociol anthropol a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared
Derived Formshetaerist or hetairist, nounhetaeristic or hetairistic, adjective
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