Definition of conjugal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒndʒʊɡ(ə)l/


Relating to marriage or the relationship between a married couple: conjugal loyalty
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  • The conjugal relation portrayed between husband and wife differs in both its commensal and sexual aspects from a quotidian union.
  • He should then explain to the boy and girl individually their respective conjugal duties as husband and wife.
  • Valentine's Day used to be known as a kitsch, childish and generally innocent celebration where teenagers sent themselves cards and married couples enjoyed biannual conjugal relations.



Pronunciation: /kɒndʒʊˈɡalɪti/
Example sentences
  • The latter is condemned as the loathsome embodiment of their abject desecration, the ‘dark side’ of the ‘American dream’ of affluence and opportunity for all, believed to flow from morality anchored in conjugality and work.
  • In his vest pocket Jeremiah carried a leather-bound book; for each woman he examined, he penned three numbers: their amativeness, adhesiveness, and conjugality, rated from one to seven.
  • Privileging conjugality over consanguinity, contrary to African realities, is responsible for misreadings of the statuses of African women and their conditions of life.


Example sentences
  • Tom, in the meantime, has repeatedly taken to the courts in an effort to dispel persistent gossip suggesting that the couple are not conjugally compatible.
  • Attached to no man conjugally and bereft of blood kin, her primary ties to the domestic narrative have been severed.
  • Notwithstanding this clinching adjuration to the Christian marriage ceremony, the play of moral forces to which many who are conjugally united are subjected brings every year a procession of penitents into the divorce courts.


Early 16th century: from Latin conjugalis, from conjux, conjug- 'spouse', from con- 'together'+ jugum 'a yoke'.

  • Conjugal is based on the Latin word jugum ‘yoke’. The word comes from Latin conjugalis, from conjux ‘spouse’.

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Line breaks: con|ju¦gal

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