One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to marriage or the relationship of a married couple; conjugal.‘their connubial bed’
matrimonial, marital, marriage, wedding, conjugal, bridalView synonyms
- ‘Look for ‘scholarly’ studies in the years to come, tracing every blip in the Canadian divorce rate to the gays and their subversive connubial happiness.’
- ‘How did one make domestic routine sound like connubial bliss when the highlight of my day had been the hour my partner and I spent together in the garden admiring our new roses?’
- ‘His armpits start smelling of meat; he becomes an urban caveman, forever subjecting Russia to ‘the detailed exaction of his connubial rights’.’
- ‘At a time when tabloid headlines and reality TV shows make a nightly travesty of eternal devotion and connubial bliss, queer sweethearts have provided the season's most sincere and sentimental romantic comedy.’
- ‘For all its white heat, in other words, the sur-reality of Friday Night left me alone in the earthbound darkness, coolly and contractively contemplating the state of my own connubial bond.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin connubialis, from connubium ‘marriage’, from con- ‘with’ + nubere ‘marry’.
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