hetaerism

noun he·tae·rism \-ˌrizəm\
variants: or

hetairism

\-ˌrizəm\

Definition of hetaerism

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a general system of temporary or continued sexual relations outside wedlock :  concubinage

  2. 2 :  a state of society conceived as existing in the past and characterized by the holding of women in common

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Origin and Etymology of hetaerism

Greek hetairismos, from hetaira + -ismos -ism


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