n. (also hetairism)
1 a recognized system of concubinage.
2 communal marriage in a tribe.
Etymology: Gk hetairismos prostitution (as HETAERA)

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hetaerist, n.hetaeristic /het'euh ris"tik/, adj.
/hi tear"iz euhm/, n.
1. concubinage.
2. a social system in which the women are considered common property.
Also, hetairism /hi tuyeur"iz euhm/.
[1855-60; HETAER(A) + -ISM]

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hetaeˈrism or hetaiˈrism noun
1. Concubinage
2. The system of society that admitted hetaerae
3. A supposed primitive communal marriage
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Main Entry:hetaera

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