Definition of hierodule in English:

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hierodule

Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪrədjuːl/

noun

(In ancient times) a slave living in a temple and dedicated to the service of a god.
Example sentences
  • An ivory Aphrodite is celebrated by her hierodules in myrtle bowers.
  • Men seeking spiritual wholeness came to the Temple to visit priestesses—or hierodules—with whom they experienced the divine through physical union.
  • Arsay has displeased me and that I have found someone else whom I wish to be the hierodule.

Origin

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

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