confarreation

noun con·far·re·a·tion \kənˌfarēˈāshən, ˌkän-\

Definition of confarreation

plural

-s

  1. :  a ceremony of Roman patrician marriage that gave special sanctity to the marriage bond and until after the time of Tiberius conferred upon the husband the right of absolute control of the wife as of a daughter — see diffarreation, manus — compare coemptio

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Origin and Etymology of confarreation

Latin confarreation-, confarreatio, from confarreatus (past participle of confarreare to unite in marriage by a ceremony probably including sacrifice of a spelt cake, from com- + -farreare—from farreum spelt cake, from neuter of farreus of spelt, from farr-, far spelt) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at barley


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