Although a dowry is brought into a marriage, the dowry is 'given' to the daughter.
When a wife divorces her husband, she 'repudiates' him. Although we may not be aware of this, that is what repudiate means, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, which defines repudiate as
1545, "to cast off by divorce," from adj. meaning "divorced, rejected, condemned" (1464), from L. repudiatus, pp. of repudiare "to divorce or reject," from repudium "divorce, rejection," from re- "back, away" + pudium, probably related to pes-/ped- "foot."Here are some of the Classical Latin marriage-related expressions:
- filiam alicui despondere - to betroth one's daughter to someone
- nuptias conciliare - to prepare a marriage
- uxorem habere - to have a wife
- dotem filiae dare - to give one's daughter a dowry
- ducere uxorem - to marry (for the man)
- nubere alicui - to marry someone (for the woman) [Nubere literally means 'to cover or veil', so a woman marries by putting on the veil.]
- repudium remittere alicui - to divorce someone
Source: C. Meissner's Latin Phrase Book
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