Definition of hierodule in English:

hierodule

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bring here a hierodule from the temple that her arts may overpower this man.’
    • ‘Arsay has displeased me and that I have found someone else whom I wish to be the hierodule.’
    • ‘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.’
    bondsman, bondswoman, bondservant, bondslave, serf, vassal, thrall
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

hierodule

/ˈhʌɪrədjuːl/