from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as harem.

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  • n. living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household


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  • The very word harem, the section of the house where the women dwell in Arabic, hareem, is derived from haram, forbidden.


  • Speaking of imperial, I had a taste of that when she took me, with the Prince and his hareem in tow, to a gala ball at Schonbrunn, where the Emperor and Empress condescended to mingle with Vienna's finest.


  • "They say she keeps a hareem of muscular young bucks, primed with love-potions -"


  • Personally, I prefer it even to a Tashkent melon - and you know the proverb runs that the Caliph of the Faithful would give ten pearl-breasted beauties from his hareem for a single melon of Tashkent.

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  • What could be more exotic than Cha Cha from an honest-to-gosh hareem?

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  • The former alternative leads either to a romantic organisation of society in which men will live and fight and die for wonderful, beautiful, exaggerated creatures, or it leads to the hareem.

    A Modern Utopia

  • “The Shah of Persia,” a mellifluous voice announced, “contemplates an increment of his hareem.”

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  • "They say she keeps a hareem of muscular young bucks, primed with love-potions —"

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  • And there I found what appalled me; a zoo of lusts, a bedlam o£ ambitions, a nursery of fears, a hareem of fondled hatreds.

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  • Also, as was natural, he piled up great stores of gold, and took to his hareem the women he desired, and oppressed the poor and the rich, so that many men cursed him privately.



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