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abduction

abduction  

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N.Wrongfully taking away or detaining another person, usually by force or fraud. See child abduction; false imprisonment; kidnapping.
age

age  

The duration of time a person has lived. Age is conventionally defined from the time of birth, which counts as zero, and is measured in completed years of life. For some purposes, age is measured ...
alien

alien  

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N.A person who, under the law of a particular state, is not a citizen of that state. Aliens are usually classified as resident aliens (domiciled in the host country) or transient aliens (temporarily ...
alms

alms  

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Money or food given to poor people. Recorded from Old English (in the form ælmysse, ælmesse), the word comes via Christian Latin from Greek eleēmosunē ‘compassion’, and ultimately from eleos ‘mercy’.
auspicious(ness) and inauspicious(ness)

auspicious(ness) and inauspicious(ness)  

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The conceptual opposition of the auspicious (śubha, maṅgala) and the inauspicious (aśubha, amaṅgala) conditions the management of day to day life in much of Indian society. It is a dichotomy that is ...
celibacy

celibacy  

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It is a high religious obligation to marry and have children (see PROCREATION, MARRIAGE, and BIRTH-CONTROL), so that the question of whether it is religiously proper to be celibate is really a ...
Christine de Pisan

Christine de Pisan  

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(c.1364–c.1431)French poet and scholar, born in Venice, and considered to be the first woman of letters in France. Author of courtly ballades and rondeaux, she is best known for ...
Cornelia

Cornelia  

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Second daughter of Cornelius Scipio Africanus, married Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus (1). Of her twelve children only three reached adulthood: Sempronia, who married Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, and ...
Daniel

Daniel  

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A Hebrew prophet (6th century bc), who spent his life as a captive at the court of Babylon. In the Bible he interpreted the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar and was delivered by God from the lions' den into ...
deaconess

deaconess  

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A woman Christian having an office akin to that of deacon.
Dev Samāj

Dev Samāj  

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An organization formed in 1887 by Pandit Shiv Narayan Agnihotri after his split from the Brāhmo Samāj. Rejecting Brahmo rationalism, he taught that only he, as guru and enlightened being, could show ...
Devotio Moderna

Devotio Moderna  

(‘modern devotion’)Late medieval religious movement, initiated by Gerhard Groote and developed by the Brethren of the Common Life in the Low Countries. The form of devotion was based on ...
dowry

dowry  

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Property that a wife gave to her husband on the day of their marriage; also known as ‘a marriage portion’.
economic and social roles of women

economic and social roles of women  

Although women’s position within medieval society was subordinate to that of men, medieval women nevertheless played a vital role within society and the market economy. In addition to their domestic ...
family

family  

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Family bible a bible designed to be used at family prayers, typically one with space on its flyleaves for recording important family events.the family that prays together, stays together motto ...
household

household  

A collective term for all the person(s) who occupy a dwelling, usually collaborate in running it, most frequently, although not necessarily, a family unit.
jointure

jointure  

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A fixed annual sum paid to a widow out of her husband's freehold estate until she remarried or died.
Judith

Judith  

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In the Apocrypha, a rich Israelite widow who saved the town of Bethulia from Nebuchadnezzar's army by seducing the besieging general Holofernes and cutting off his head while he slept. Also, a book ...
kinship

kinship  

A group of people who are genetically closely related by ties of blood and marriage or its equivalent, i.e., parents and children, siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
legacy

legacy  

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N.A gift of personal property effected by will (compare devise).• A general legacy is a gift of property not identifiable with a specific asset or fund; for example, a simple legacy of “£1000 to A” ...

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