leviratic
adjective see levirate

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • leviratic — See levirate. * * * …   Universalium

  • leviratic — levi·rat·ic …   English syllables

  • leviratic — adjective see levirate …   Useful english dictionary

  • levirate — leviratic /lev euh rat ik, lee veuh /, leviratical, adj. /lev euhr it, euh rayt , lee veuhr it, veuh rayt /, n. the custom of marriage by a man with his brother s widow, such marriage required in Biblical law if the deceased was childless. Deut.… …   Universalium

  • levirate — noun Etymology: Latin levir husband s brother; akin to Old English tācor husband s brother, Greek daēr Date: 1725 the sometimes compulsory marriage of a widow to a brother of her deceased husband • leviratic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • leviratical — See leviratic. * * * …   Universalium

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  • levirate — /ˈlɛvərət/ (say levuhruht) noun a custom of the ancient Hebrews, requiring a man under certain circumstances to marry the widow of his brother or nearest kinsman. {Latin lēvir husband s brother + ate1} –leviratic /lɛvəˈrætɪk/ (say levuh ratik),… …   Australian English dictionary

  • levirate — [lev′ə rit, lev′ərāt΄; lē′vərit, lē′vərāt΄] n. [L levir, husband s brother, brother in law (< * daiwer < IE * dāiwēr > Sans dēvár, Gr daēr, OE tacor) + ATE2] a custom of the Jews in Biblical times by which a dead man s brother was… …   English World dictionary

  • levirate — n. a custom of the ancient Jews and some other peoples by which a man is obliged to marry his brother s widow. Derivatives: leviratic adj. leviratical adj. Etymology: L levir brother in law + ATE(1) …   Useful english dictionary

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