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Definition of the noun levirate

What does levirate mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: levirates

  1. the biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: institution = a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society

Alternative definition of the noun levirate


  1. [countable] A marriage between a widow and her deceased husband's brother or, sometimes, heir.
  2. [context: anthropology] The institution of levirate marriage.

Definition of the adjective levirate

What does levirate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Having to do with one's husband's brother.

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Google previewProperty and the Family in Biblical Law (1991)

by Raymond Westbrook

The levirate is a duty, but normally does not cost money. Redemption may also be regarded as a duty, but it is normally beneficial for the redeemer. A combination of the two, however, results in paying for land which will not become part of ...

Google previewDictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings (2008)

A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship by Tremper Longman III, Peter Enns

Levirate Marriage. The most distinctive feature ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Judaism (2004)

by Alan Avery-Peck, Jacob Neusner

Yerushalmi levirate marriage (Deuteronomy 25:1–5), which discusses establishing the levirate marital bond, or severing the levirate bond through the rite of removing the shoe (chaps. 1–5); the special marital bond, marriage into the ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1995)

by Geoffrey W. Bromiley

require levirate marriage only of a brother-in-law, but in Ruth a twice-removed kinsman fulfils this duty. Lev. 25 explains the redemption of a near kinsman's property but does not connect this custom to any marriage requirement .

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Scrabble value of L1E1V4I1R1A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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