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hierodule Line breaks: hiero|dule
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪrədjuːl/

Definition of hierodule in English:


(In ancient times) a slave living in a temple and dedicated to the service of a god.
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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