morganatic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj morganatic (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Morganatic Pertaining to, in the manner of, or designating, a kind of marriage, called also left-handed marriage, between a man of superior rank and a woman of inferior, in which it is stipulated that neither the latter nor her children shall enjoy the rank or inherit the possessions of her husband.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • morganatic An epithet noting a marriage of a man of high rank to a woman of lower station which is contracted with a stipulation that neither she nor the issue, if any, shall claim his rank or property in consequence; pertaining to a marriage of a woman of high rank to a man of lower station: hence applied also to a wife or a husband who has agreed to such a marriage contract. Such unions are also called left-handed marriages, because at the nuptial ceremony the left hand is often given.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Morganatic mor-gan-at′ik noting a marriage of a man with a woman of inferior rank, in which neither the latter nor her children enjoy the rank or inherit the possessions of her husband, though the children are legitimate—also Left-handed marriage
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. matrimonium ad morganaticam, fr. morganatica, a morning gift, a kind of dowry paid on the morning before or after the marriage, fr. OHG. morgan, morning, in morgangeba, morning gift, G. morgengabe,. See Morn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. morganatica, a gift from a bridegroom to his bride—Teut.; cf. Ger. morgengabe, A.S. morgengifu, a morning gift.

Usage

In literature:

It is morganatic marriage or none.
"The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories" by Mark Twain
A dozen direct censures are easier to bear than one morganatic compliment.
"Following the Equator, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It would have to be quite morganatic.
"The Inca of Perusalem" by George Bernard Shaw
Sort of morganatic Queen?
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
The Grand Duke soon ceased to care for his morganatic wife, but he never deserted her.
"Charred Wood" by Myles Muredach
I could simply pronounce her morganatic, and you would be quite free to marry Dehra, at once.
"The Colonel of the Red Huzzars" by John Reed Scott
There is much misunderstanding in America as to these morganatic marriages.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
THE MORGANATIC MARRIAGE is a modification of polygamy.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The same may be said of a slave woman, or of a morganatic wife.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
No application was made on behalf of the Princess Elizabeth or the Duke of Sussex, who was already married morganatically.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Her father made a morganatic marriage.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
You must have heard even in England of what is called a morganatic marriage?
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
Through his mother he was grandson by a morganatic marriage of the king of Wurttemberg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Moreover, he was only morganatically and secretly married.
"813" by Maurice Leblanc
I understand that she is the morganatic wife of one of the Russian grand dukes.
"The Weight of the Crown" by Fred M. White
It is interesting to find a country where morganatic marriages are in high repute.
"A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed." by William Chauncey Bartlett
So the second marriage had to be morganatic.
"Sophy of Kravonia" by Anthony Hope
The flat poison head of morganatic marriages and degeneracy must go under the heel of justice.
"Fighting Byng" by A. Stone
Evidently without even so much of the savor of intention that might take a favorable skid in the direction of the morganatic!
"The Shriek" by Charles Somerville
The pride of the Royal House of Savoy would never admit or sanction a morganatic marriage.
"Her Royal Highness" by William Le Queux
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