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concubine

A woman in a continuous, quasi-marital relationship with a man whom she cannot marry for various reasons—e.g., due to lower socioeconomic status or because the man is already married.
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It is unique in that it is the only case of secular concubinage dealt with by the Holy Office of Venice and details a relatively rigorous prosecution and fairly serious punishment that is exceptional.
La Suede est le seul Etat scandinave a reconnaitre, par la voie legale, outre le partenariat enregistre, le concubinage entre personnes du meme sexe.
12) In 1678 the Council of Policy at the Cape condemned fornication and concubinage by VOC personnel with slaves and other heathen, noting the inevitable result--the procreation of out-of-wedlock children of mixed race (de mixtice kinderen die daar door werden aangeteelt)--and warning that offenders would be punished (swaarder en criminelijc sullen werden gestraft).
Preoccupied by rape and concubinage, by maternity and marriage, by economics, empire, patriarchy, perversion, concealment, and disclosure, American sightings of Ellen overdetermined the fabric of her race and gender.
Clerical marriage and concubinage were prevalent, and church lands and properties were being lost through inheritance to the children of clergy.
And since traditional marriage is not canonically recognized, "they are considered by the church to be living in concubinage.
Painting the Heavens is eminently satisfactory for its ingenious design and brilliant illumination of the concubinage of art and science, a concubinage that existed perhaps for the last time in the early seventeenth century.
More importantly in the text, Dana contributes to the increase of Rufus's wealth in slaves by assisting him in the rape and concubinage of Alice Greenwood.
In the late eleventh century, Roman councils issued canons against "clerical concubinage," but it was local communities that created the institutions that made such a clergy possible.
And that's the point -- it was the concubinage scandal and money, not the marriage that was at issue.
13] Available statistics do not allow us to asses with accuracy the social and economic impact of crime but nonetheless indicate that colonial officials and courts were regularly visited by cases of homicide, assault and battery, robbery, rape, adultery and concubinage, incest, infanticide, sodomy, prostitution, slander and a host of offenses against "order and tranquility.
32) Accordingly, marriage is contrasted positively with fornication and adultery or with concubinage, but negatively with continence, as a chaste marriage is undoubtedly better than one in which the partners are sexually active.