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[kon-kyoo-buh-nij, kong-] /kɒnˈkyu bə nɪdʒ, kɒŋ-/

cohabitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage.
the state or practice of being a .
cohabitation without legal marriage
the state of living as a concubine

late 14c., from Middle French concubinage, from concubin, from Latin concubina (see concubine).


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  • Concupiscence

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