leviratical

levirate

[lev-er-it, -uh-reyt, lee-ver-it, -vuh-reyt]
noun
the custom of marriage by a man with his brother's widow, such marriage required in Biblical law if the deceased was childless. Deut. 25:5–10.

Origin:
1715–25; < Latin lēvir husband's brother (akin to Greek dāḗr, Sanskrit devar, Old English tācor) + -ate3

leviratic [lev-uh-rat-ik, lee-vuh-] , leviratical, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To leviratical
Collins
World English Dictionary
levirate (ˈlɛvɪrɪt)
 
n
the practice, required by Old Testament law, of marrying the widow of one's brother
 
[C18: from Latin lēvir a husband's brother]
 
leviratic
 
adj
 
levi'ratical
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

levirate
1725, from L. levir "brother-in-law" + -ate.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature