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  • n. A husband's brother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A husband's brother; -- used in reference to levirate marriages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A brother-in-law; a male relative of a man who, after the latter′ s death, has the right, and the duty, to marry his widow.


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  • By the Levirate law he was therefore obliged (In a Levirate marriage-term is a derivative of the Latin word levir, meaning "husband's brother" - a woman is required to marry her deceased husband's brother.

    Israelated - English Israel blogs

  • A moredet is defined as a married woman who refuses to have sexual relations with her husband (the most normal case), or refuses to do the assigned work of the wife (Mishnah Ketubbot 5: 5), a betrothed girl or woman whose set time for marriage has arrived and who refuses to marry, or a yevamah who refuses to undergo yibbum (levirate marriage) with the yavam (levir).

    Legal-Religious Status of the Moredet (Rebellious Wife).

  • Tractate Kiddushin opens with the acquisition of a woman in marriage (and in levirate marriage) and the release, which is through a get or the death of the husband (or in levirate marriage by the death of the levir or release through halizah), situations over which she has no control.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Married Woman.

  • However, the Bible also includes, albeit grudgingly, a move to release the levirate bride from her levir.

    Post-Biblical and Rabbinic Women.

  • This action, halizah, requires a ritual during which the reluctant levir is denigrated: his intended spits in his face and removes his shoe.

    Post-Biblical and Rabbinic Women.

  • The levir is, after all, only a surrogate for the dead husband.

    Tamar: Bible.

  • Another form of Hebrew marriage was the so-called levirate type (from the Lat. levir, i.e. brother-in-law), i.e. the marriage between a widow, whose husband had died childless, and her brother-in-law.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • 8. The term Levirate comes from the Latin levir husbands brother.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • She is the daughter-in-law of Judah, who acquires her for his firstborn son, Er. When Er dies, Judah gives Tamar to his second son, Onan, who is to act as levir, a surrogate for his dead brother who would beget a son to continue Er’s lineage.

    Tamar: Bible.

  • In Greece the claim upon the δαήρ (Latin _levir_) for marriage seems to have begun with his brother’s daughter, not his brother’s widow.

    On The Structure of Greek Tribal Society: An Essay


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