from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A slave serving in an ancient temple, as in Greece or Anatolia, in the service of a specific deity.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In Greek antiquity, a slave dedicated to the service of a divinity; a temple servant or attendant.
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- noun in Ancient Greece A temple
slave, often one performing religious prostitution.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Zubaidit, female hierodule & spy, who through her fearless zeal has managed to penetrate the enemy forces & is working hard at fulfilling her mission.
A hierodule acting on behalf of the temple freed him, although then the council pretended they had done so to curry favor with us, as a sign of good faith.
I'm not some vain hierodule who serves the goddess for a year in order to have men drunk on wine and fumes worship her as if she was the Merciless One herself.
Set the hierodule on her road, to eliminate the imprisoned reeve.
If you are familiar with old timey words, you can usually figure out what something is from its name, for instance, hierodule.
"Her purchase price, and the usual debits for lodging, drink and food, clothing, training as a hierodule."
"Before they found you, the troop was met by a reeve who was carrying a hierodule who said you are her slave."
"Be sure that if I ever have a chance to repay you for taking from me my most valuable hierodule, I will do so swiftly and with pleasure."
If she really were a hierodule operating in the patriarchal would of judaism she would inevitably but thought of as a moral outcast.
Significantly, the original word for such a priestess is hierodule, which means ‘sacred servant’16; the word ‘prostitute’, with all its implied moral judgement, was a Victorian rendering.