concubinage


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concubinage

an old-fashioned word for COHABITATION.

CONCUBINAGE. This term has two different significations; sometimes it means a species of marriage which took place among the ancients, and which is yet in use in some countries. In this country it means the act or practice of cohabiting as man and woman, in sexual commerce, without the authority of law, or a legal marriage. Vide 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 80; Merl. Rep. b. t.; Dig. 32, 49, 4; Id. 7, 1, 1; Code, 5, 27, 12.

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Entre le mariage et le concubinage, la formule du partenariat enregistre a la scandinave va jouir pendant dix ans d'un veritable monopole juridique au sein de la deliberation europeenne (57).
Among these offences, fornication and concubinage were most significant for illegitimacy.
Peter Damian knew this idea would not be well received by his fellow clerics, especially since he was writing about clerical concubinage.
While he acted as the diocesan inquisition's vicar, he was prosecuted for concubinage by the diocesan inquisition for which he previously worked.
The enlightened princes of the eighteenth century controlled marriage, rape, adultery, concubinage, and marital separation.
No massive abuse of the sacraments has occurred, as it did when simony and clerical concubinage were the order of the day.
Whatever the success of Tridentine-inspired reform efforts, what else than the power of a Tridentine ideal can account for this remarkable feat, especially without an effective diocesan seminary and clear oversight and with widespread clerical concubinage in the late 16th century?
What passes under the name of marriage, is but a sort of concubinage, which exists not at the will of the parties, but at the will, the whim, caprice, or interest of another.
The Cape Coloureds are the descendants of Khoi, slaves, and many offspring produced in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, when concubinage was common and interracial marriage not unknown.
40) He went so far as to instruct Bishop Hermann of Volterra on the need to fight against simony and clerical concubinage, reminding him in good (if anachronistic) Gregorian fashion that if he failed in his pastoral duties, he would be acquiescing in the spread of sin.
Windschuttle insists that these women, like Wayler "the Aboriginal amazon," had massacred "both whites and other Aborigines," and had lived in concubinage with white sealers.