1. Social Affections


[Antonyms: celibacy (singleness); divorce.]

[Nouns] marriage, matrimony, wedlock, union, intermarriage, miscegenation, the bonds of marriage, vinculum matrimonii, nuptial tie.

married state, coverture, bed, cohabitation; the old ball and chain.

match; betrothment (promise) [more]; wedding, nuptials, Hymen, bridal; espousals, spousals; leading to the altar; nuptial benediction, epithalamium; sealing.

torch of Hymen, temple of Hymen; hymeneal altar; honeymoon.

bridesmaid, bridesman; bride, bridegroom. married man, married woman, married couple; neogamist, Benedict, partner, spouse, mate, yokemate; husband, man, consort, baron; old man, good man; wife of one's bosom; helpmate, rib, better half, gray mare, old woman, old lady, good wife, goodwife.

feme, feme coverte; squaw, lady; matron, matronage, matronhood; man and wife; wedded pair, Darby and Joan; spiritual wife.

monogamy, bigamy, digamy, deuterogamy, trigamy, polygamy; mormonism; levirate; spiritual wifery, spiritual wifeism; polyandrism; Turk, bluebeard.

unlawful marriage, left-handed marriage, morganatic marriage, ill-assorted marriage; mesalliance; marriage de convenance.

marriage broker; matrimonial agency, matrimonial agent, matrimonial bureau; schatchen.

[Verbs] marry, wive, take to oneself a wife; be married, be spliced; go off, pair off; wed, espouse, lead to the hymeneal altar, take "for better for worse," give one's hand to, bestow one's hand upon.

marry, join, handfast; couple (unit) [more]; tie the nuptial knot; give away, give away in marriage; seal; ally, affiance; betroth (promise) [more]; publish the banns, bid the banns; be asked in church.

[Adjectives] married; one, one bone and one flesh. marriageable, nubile.

engaged, betrothed, affianced.

matrimonial, marital, conjugal, connubial, wedded; nuptial, hymeneal, spousal, bridal.

[Phrases] the gray mare the better horse; "a world-without-end bargain" [Love's Labor's Lost]; "marriages are made in Heaven" [Tennyson]; "render me worthy of this noble wife� [Julius Caesar]; si qua voles apte nubere nube pari [Ovid].

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