concubine


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

concubine

(in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
References in periodicals archive ?
The episode of the idol of Micah seems to take place at an earlier time,when the Israelites are still conquering their territory; whereas, in the concubine of Gibeah story, the tribes are all settled in their different areas.
Farewell My Concubine is important to look at in that it proved to be a success both in critical acclaim and at the box office.
Though Andrea Mora was a man of limited means, he was still of considerably higher status than his concubine.
Her belief in this destiny propels her up through the ranks of concubines, allows her to survive exile in a convent, and fuels her return to court and ascent to the throne.
Hosea finally has to reclaim her from being a slave concubine of another man.
In the same book, author Anthony Jansen eloquently explains what he considers to be the relationships between her "Monument Drawings" and several of her poems, including two sonnets and the verse "The Well of the Concubine Pearl.
The transformation of an originally non sexual word to concubine, to prostitute, to whore is a metamorphosis also shared by Old French jael 'harlot, whore', and Mediaeval Latin focaria 'a priest's wife, concubine or mistress'.
A Japanese concubine and Griselda, from the middle ages, gave up their children, Pope Joan hid her femininity until she gave birth in the street and traveller Isabella fled love at home.
The paper said Emperor Hirohito, known posthumously as Emperor Showa, rejected open suggestions to take a concubine but agreed to donate sperm for artificial insemination.
According to Weisenburger, Garner had "a tangled skein of motives: despairing desires to 'save' her children, urges for violent backlash against the master who had probably made her his concubine and who might in turn victimize little Mary, and a destructive spite for her children's whiteness.
Lot and his two daughters (incest); Dinah, the daughter of Jacob (rape); Tamar and Judah (prostitution); Zipporah and Moses (circumcision); Jephthah and his daughter (promises); the traveller and his concubine (fear and hatred of women); Tamar and Amnon (rape, revenge, war).
A concubine is a woman who cohabits with a man, not being his wife.