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hetaerism

[ hi-teer-iz-uhm ]
/ hɪˈtɪər ɪz əm /
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noun

a social system in which the women are considered common property.

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Also he·tai·rism [hi-tahyuhr-iz-uhm]. /hɪˈtaɪər ɪz əm/.

Origin of hetaerism

First recorded in 1855–60; hetaer(a) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM hetaerism

he·tae·rist, nounhet·ae·ris·tic [het-uh-ris-tik], /ˌhɛt əˈrɪs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hetaerism

hetaerism

hetairism (hɪˈtaɪrɪzəm)

/ (hɪˈtɪərɪzəm) /

noun

the state of being a concubine
sociol anthropol a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared

Derived forms of hetaerism

hetaerist or hetairist, nounhetaeristic or hetairistic, adjective
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