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hetaerism

[hi-teer-iz-uh m] /hɪˈtɪər ɪz əm/
noun
2.
a social system in which the women are considered common property.
Also, hetairism
[hi-tahyuh r-iz-uh m] /hɪˈtaɪər ɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; hetaer(a) + -ism
Related forms
hetaerist, noun
hetaeristic
[het-uh-ris-tik] /ˌhɛt əˈrɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hetaerist

hetaerism

/hɪˈtɪərɪzəm/
noun
1.
the state of being a concubine
2.
(sociol, anthropol) a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared
Derived Forms
hetaerist, hetairist, noun
hetaeristic, hetairistic, adjective
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