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left-handed marriage n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”

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left-handed

  

      adj  
1    using the left hand with greater ease than the right  
2    performed with the left hand  
3    designed or adapted for use by the left hand  
4    worn on the left hand  
5    awkward or clumsy  
6    ironically ambiguous  
a left-handed compliment     
7    turning from right to left; anticlockwise  
8      (Law)      another term for       morganatic  
      adv  
9    with the left hand  
  left-handedly      adv  
  left-handedness      n  
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