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 (kə-no͞o′bē-əl, -nyo͞o′-)
Relating to marriage or the married state; conjugal.

[Latin cōnūbiālis, from cōnūbium, marriage : com-, com- + nūbere, to marry.]

con·nu′bi·al·ism, con·nu′bi·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
con·nu′bi·al·ly adv.
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The state of being united as husband and wife:
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Weller; 'why, I think he's the wictim o' connubiality, as Blue Beard's domestic chaplain said, vith a tear of pity, ven he buried him.'
But behind the play, behind the naive tableaux, one senses in both poets an idolatry before the power of Eros, the "hidden vocalities"-the phrase is Mickiewicz's but might well have come from Milosz-that bind all of nature and man in a splendid connubiality. Here is Mickiewicz: "The slender bean entwines the carrot's tresses / And with a thousand eyes his love expresses.
The "Scene," published in 1871 in the second Parnasse Contemporain, is a dialogue between an earthy Nurse urging her mistress toward connubiality, and a narcissistic princess professing pure self-sufficiency.(12) The central conflict grows out of Herodiade's apology for narcissism--her attempt, in a sense, to re-cast the drama as monologue.