droit du seigneur

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droit du seign·eur

 (drwä dü sĕn-yœr′)
n.
The supposed right of a feudal lord to have sexual relations with a vassal's bride on her wedding night.

[French : droit, right + du, of the + seigneur, lord of a manor.]

droit du seigneur

(French drwa dy sɛɲœr)
n
(Historical Terms) in feudal times, the right of a lord to have sexual intercourse with a vassal's bride on her wedding night
[from French, literally: the right of the lord]

droit du sei•gneur

(Fr. drwa dü sɛˈnyœr)
n.
the supposed right of a feudal lord to have sexual relations with the bride of a vassal on her wedding night.
[1815–25; < French: literally, right of the lord]
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I remember how I, invariably so taciturn, suddenly fastened upon Zverkov, when one day talking at a leisure moment with his schoolfellows of his future relations with the fair sex, and growing as sportive as a puppy in the sun, he all at once declared that he would not leave a single village girl on his estate unnoticed, that that was his droit de seigneur, and that if the peasants dared to protest he would have them all flogged and double the tax on them, the bearded rascals.
By updating the action from opulent 18th century Seville to a glossy, minimally furnished 1930s setting, the director Lluis Pasqualhasmade nonsense of the droit de seigneur theme in Beaumarchais' original play.
In Tbilisi I know of two examples of young women being kidnapped by men who, having forced them to have sex, then invoke a form of droit de seigneur and approach the parents to formalise a kind of marriage.
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