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a.1.Destitute of a husband.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For all that touched his past among his fellows, or their remembrance of him, he might have been in another planet; and Sophie, whose life had been very largely spent among husbandless wives of lofty ideals, had no wish to leave this present of God.
The import in proverbs 21 and 22 is that a husbandless woman is a helpless free woman exploited by any man in the society.
The Husbandless home: Domesticity and the young widow in the contemporary novel.
She identifies herself as a wife, but she is continually husbandless. Until she gives up her desire for mastery, her "slaves" will continue to disappear.
(1) These wives entered the political sphere not by appealing to "prophecy" or individual religious conscience: rather, they appealed to their poverty and destitution, as well as to their status as husbandless wives.
The resulting qualifier "husbandless" may be applied to unmarried adolescents (inapplicable in Medea's case) or to widows.
Some senses added and other senses lost: dreorig 'bloody, blood-stained; cruel, grievous; sad, sorrowful; headlong?' (added senses: 'full of sadness or melancholy; doleful, melancholy; dismal, gloomy; repulsively dull or uninteresting'; lost senses: 'bloody, blood-stained; cruel, grievous; sorrowful; headlong?), hldfordleas 'without a lord, leaderless' (added sense: 'of a woman: husbandless'; lost sense: 'leaderless'), fere 'able to go, fit for (military) service' (added senses: 'in health; able, strong; sound, whole'; lost sense: 'fit for military service').
Violence: Husbandless Homes Spawn Young Hoodlums, Impede Reforms,
Husbandless and childless, Connie foreshadows the moment when Neria is also left alone.
The new characteristically urban figure of the male-unprotected, husbandless single woman has significantly taken shape: and in the light of the traditional view of celibacy as a social failure, even a crime against society, the consciously deliberate rejection of marriage on the part of an increasing number of urban women appears to be a courageous, indeed daring deed.
No one wants their daughters to end up husbandless and unhappy."