1

According to an article published on quizlet.com, titled 'The most difficult and unbelievable word of the OED' (which I dont have access to), levament means "The comfort which one hath of his wife".

So I wonder if there is a similar word that means "The comfort which one hath of her husband"?

2 Answers 2

5

The OED entry is basically

† levament, n.

Etymology: < Latin levāmentum, < levāre to lighten.
Obs. rare—0.
1623 H. Cockeram Eng. Dict., Leuament, the comfort which one hath of his wife.

And no; there is no different word for the comfort a husband gives. It is the "unbearable lightness of being" which comes from being in love, and that can be felt by either sex.

The apparent gender-specificity of the definition is a product of its time. Even the word comfort has shifted in meaning in the last four hundred years.

1

I found something similar in the link; it is:

Maritality (n.) Excessive or undue affection on the part of a wife for her husband (see also: levament).

I'll look some more, though. Having searched for it through Oxford's Historical Thesaurus, I can't find anything else. Sorry.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.