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(hɪˈtɪərɪzəm) or


1. the state of being a concubine
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) sociol anthropol a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared
heˈtaerist, heˈtairist n
ˌhetaeˈristic, ˌhetaiˈristic adj
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hetaerism, hetairism

1. the practice of concubinage.
2. a social system characterized by its regarding women as common property. — hetaerist, hetairist, n. — hetaeristic, hetairistic, adj.
See also: Sex
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