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mor·ga·nat·ic

 (môr′gə-năt′ĭk)
adj.
Of or being a legal marriage between a person of royal or noble birth and a partner of lower rank, in which it is agreed that no titles or estates of the royal or noble partner are to be shared by the partner of inferior rank nor by any of the offspring of the marriage.

[New Latin morganāticus, from Medieval Latin (mātrimōnium ad) morganāticam, (marriage for the) morning-gift, of Germanic origin.]

mor′ga·nat′i·cal·ly adv.
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morganatic

(ˌmɔːɡəˈnætɪk)
adj
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) of or designating a marriage between a person of high rank and a person of low rank, by which the latter is not elevated to the higher rank and any issue have no rights to the succession of the higher party's titles, property, etc
2. (Historical Terms) of or designating a marriage between a person of high rank and a person of low rank, by which the latter is not elevated to the higher rank and any issue have no rights to the succession of the higher party's titles, property, etc
[C18: from the Medieval Latin phrase mātrimōnium ad morganāticum marriage based on the morning-gift (a token present after consummation representing the husband's only liability); morganātica, ultimately from Old High German morgan morning; compare Old English morgengiefu morning-gift]
ˌmorgaˈnatically adv
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mor•ga•nat•ic

(ˌmɔr gəˈnæt ɪk)

adj.
designating or pertaining to a marriage in which a person of high rank, as a member of the nobility, marries someone of lower station with the stipulation that neither the low-ranking spouse nor their children will have any claim to the titles or entailed property of the high-ranking partner.
[1720–30; < New Latin morganāticus (adj.), for Medieval Latin phrase (mātrimōnium) ad morganāticam (marriage) to the extent of morning-gift]
mor`ga•nat′i•cal•ly, adv.
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morganatic

- A survival of an ancient Germanic marriage custom, a gift on the morning after the wedding from husband to wife called morgangeba, "morning" and "give"; it now describes a marriage between people of different social status, especially a man of superior rank and woman of inferior rank.
See also related terms for wedding.
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morganatic

designating or pertaining to a marriage between a man of high social standing and a woman of lower station in which the marriage contract stipulates that neither she nor their offspring will have claim to his rank or property.
See also: Marriage
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Adj.1.morganatic - (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
legitimate - of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
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Translations

morganatic

[ˌmɔːgəˈnætɪk] ADJmorganático
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morganatic

adjmorganatisch
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morganatic

[ˌmɔːgəˈnætɪk] adjmorganatico/a
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Michael Sikora investigates remedies for socially unequal marriages via concubinage, bigamy, morganatic marriage, and mesalliance.
Unbeknownst to everyone else, her brother included, the cunning Eugenia is actually on the hunt for a new husband, facing, as she is, a politically motivated annulment of her morganatic marriage. However, Felix--a charming, dilettantish painter--proves far luckier in love, wooing and wedding the younger of his two country cousins, Gertrude Wentworth.
He declared, "My Imperial Father, of Blessed Memory, for the first time established the succession on firm bases of law and published the Statute on the Imperial Family, which he, so to say, consecrated at the altar of the Assumption Cathedral." He had added Alexander's edict on Konstantin Pavlovich's morganatic marriage, as well as laws on establishing a regency, which were also placed in the cathedral.
They ought to get married and be together, but it should be a morganatic marriage which means she doesn't become Queen.
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The government actually began to draft a bill which would legalise a morganatic marriage. Parliamentary lawyers had to compose a preamble which set out the Bill's honest purpose.
We see Wootton Hall where Maria Fitzherbert lived with Prince George after a morganatic marriage. He ascended the throne as George IV in 1820 with his wife and cousin as Queen Caroline.
This article examines the constitutional implications, for Canada and the other members of the Commonwealth, of a morganatic marriage in the British royal family.
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