- a social system in which the women are considered common property.
Also he·tai·rism [hi-tahyuh r-iz-uh m] /hɪˈtaɪər ɪz əm/.
Origin of hetaerism
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By the side of the husband, who is making his life pleasant by hetaerism, stands the neglected wife.
Consequently the eternal companions of monogamy, hetaerism and adultery, play an almost insignificant role here.
- the state of being a concubine
- sociol anthropol a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared
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