Definition of Levirate

1. Noun. The biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line.

Generic synonyms: Institution



Definition of Levirate

1. a. Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with, a law of the ancient Israelites and other tribes and races, according to which a woman, whose husband died without issue, was married to the husband's brother.

Definition of Levirate

1. Adjective. Having to do with one's husband's brother. ¹

2. Noun. A marriage between a widow and her deceased husband's brother or, sometimes, heir. ¹

3. Noun. (context: anthropology) The institution of levirate marriage. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Levirate

1. the custom of marrying the widow of one's brother [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Levirate

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levier
leviers
levies
levigable
levigate
levigated
levigates
levigating
levigation
levigations
levin
leviner
leviners
levins
levirate (current term)
levirate marriage
levirate marriages
levirates
leviratic
leviratical
leviration
levirostres
levis
levitate
levitated
levitates
levitating
levitation
levitational

Literary usage of Levirate

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1. The Primitive Family in Its Origin and Development by Carl Nicolai Starcke (1889)
"The levirate—Jews and Hindus—Maine's theory—Mayne's theory—Son of ... THE term levirate is given to the strange custom which enjoins a man to marry the ..."

2. The Evolution of Marriage and of the Family by Charles Jean Marie Letourneau (1895)
"... Church on second marriages—Widowhood in barbarous Europe and in the Middle Ages. III. The levirate.—The levirate in Melanesia, among the Redskins, ..."

3. The Social Legislation of the Primitive Semites by Henry Schaeffer (1915)
"But the right of inheritance also involves the duty of levirate marriage, ... The earliest reference to levirate marriage is found in the story of Judah and ..."

4. The Message of Israel's Lawgivers: The Laws of the Old Testament Codified by Charles Foster Kent (1902)
"levirate Marriage (Dt. 25 : 5-10) In the law in regard to levirate marriage the Deuteronomic lawgivers have preserved an old tribal institution, ..."

5. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1894)
"And it is, he says, impossible not to believe that the levirate—that is, ... The levirate is undoubtedly a wide-spread custom ;3 and, i 1 Letourneau, ..."

6. A History of French Private Law by Jean Brissaud, Rapelje Howell (1912)
"levirate. §. The Recognition of Paternity. § 21. Agnatic Relationship. § 20. Adultery. § 22. Systems of Succession. § 23. Ancestor Worship. § 24. ..."

7. The Races of Man: An Outline of Anthropology and Ethnography by Joseph Deniker (1900)
"... family—Theory of promiscuity—Group marriage— Exogamy and endogamy—Matriarchate—Degrees of relationship and filiation — Polyandry — levirate—Polygamy and ..."

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