[lev-er-it, -uh-reyt, lee-ver-it, -vuh-reyt] /ˈlɛv ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt, ˈli vər ɪt, -vəˌreɪt/
the custom of marriage by a man with his brother’s widow, such marriage required in Biblical law if the deceased was childless. Deut. 25:5–10.
the practice, required by Old Testament law, of marrying the widow of one’s brother
custom by which the male next-of-kin of a dead man was bound to marry his widow, 1725, from Latin levir “brother-in-law” (from PIE *daiwer- “husband’s brother”) + -ate (2).
- Levirate law
from Latin levir, “a husband’s brother,” the name of an ancient custom ordained by Moses, by which, when an Israelite died without issue, his surviving brother was required to marry the widow, so as to continue his brother’s family through the son that might be born of that marriage (Gen. 38:8; Deut. 25:5-10; comp. Ruth […]
[ley-vee-strous] /ˈleɪ viˈstraʊs/ noun 1. Claude, 1908–2009, French anthropologist and educator, born in Belgium: founder of structural anthropology. /ˈlɛvɪˈstraʊs; French levistros/ noun 1. Claude (klod). (1908–2009) French anthropologist, leading exponent of structuralism. His books include The Elementary Structures of Kinship (1969), Totemism (1962), The Savage Mind (1966), Mythologies (1964–71), and Saudades do Brazil (Memories of […]
[lev-i-teyt] /ˈlɛv ɪˌteɪt/ verb (used without object), levitated, levitating. 1. to rise or float in the air, especially as a result of a supernatural power that overcomes gravity. verb (used with object), levitated, levitating. 2. to cause to rise or float in the air. /ˈlɛvɪˌteɪt/ verb 1. to rise or cause to rise and float […]