Definition of hierodule in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪrədjuːl


  • (In ancient times) a slave living in a temple and dedicated to the service of a god.
    More example sentences
    • Bring here a hierodule from the temple that her arts may overpower this man.
    • As the embodiment of Goddess the hierodule conjoined in the sacred marriage with the king or priest, and this ritual became intertwined with the fecundity of nature.
    • Arsay has displeased me and that I have found someone else whom I wish to be the hierodule.


mid 19th century: from late Latin hierodulus, from Greek hierodoulos, from hieron 'temple' + doulos 'slave'.

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