a social system in which the women are considered common property.
- Also he·tai·rism [hi-tahyuhr-iz-uhm]. /hɪˈtaɪər ɪz əm/.
- he·tae·rist, noun
- het·ae·ris·tic [het-uh-ris-tik], /ˌhɛt əˈrɪs tɪk/, adjective
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How to use hetaerism in a sentence
By the side of the husband, who is making his life pleasant by hetaerism, stands the neglected wife.
In this case hetaerism is carried on less strenuously and adultery on the part of the woman is not so frequent.
Consequently the eternal companions of monogamy, hetaerism and adultery, play an almost insignificant role here.
British Dictionary definitions for hetaerism
the state of being a concubine
sociol anthropol a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared
- hetaerist or hetairist, noun
- hetaeristic or hetairistic, adjective
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