A Word for Male-Female Marriage: Adahmeve

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled, by a 5-4 vote, that marriage licenses must be granted to same-sex couples. I maintain that this was a serious mistake for more than one reason, including the following:

Marriage has always been primarily either a religious ceremony or a solemn contract with religious traditions or sentiments. In the United States, the official granting of marriage licenses, by governments, has been of secondary importance. Those five members of the United States Supreme Court should have recognized this fact, and that the central conflict over same-sex marriage has always been primarily related to a difference of religious beliefs. The Supreme Court would have done far better by recognizing this and removing government control over the granting of marriage licenses.

A new word for traditional marriage

So it seems that the U. S. Supreme Court has, by redefining “marriage,” practically extinguished our only English word for the official union of a husband and wife. In other words, because of that 5-4 legal decision in 2015, we no longer have one word for traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Yet it’s not quite as bad as that.

We have the word adahmeve. It means the following:

Marriage between a man and a woman

Here are the various forms of this word for traditional marriage:

  • adahmeve (noun) – uh-DAH-meev
  • admeve (verb) – ud-MEEV
  • admevial (adjective) – ud-MEE-vee-ul

Those words can be used in a wedding ceremony in which a man is married to a woman. It cannot apply to any same-sex “marriage”—by definition. This means that a husband and wife really do have a word for their married relationship: Adahmeve.


(husband-wife) adahmeve

A happy adahmeve in California


The following is taken from a statement by the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

. . . marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God . . . the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.



Adahmeve – a New Word for Marriage

With one little-known exception, no longer do we have a single word, in English, that refers to the formal union of a man and a woman in marriage. That exception is the word adahmeve.

Why this new word for marriage: Adahmeve

Across the Western world, some countries have seen the adulteration of the word “marriage,” through legal means, in the granting of marriage licenses to couples of the same sex. . . . Consider some examples of this new word, in its various forms: adahmeve, admeved, admeves . . .


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