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#147395 - 09/05/05 01:39 PM haptosis
The term haptosis 'non-consensual sexual touching' seems to derive from Greek απτω (hapto) 'to fasten, join; grasp, fasten onto; engage in, undertake'. LSJ also gives a gloss of 'to have intercourse with a woman' which occurs in Plato, Aristotle, and Ep. Cor. vii.1 (i.e., "it is good for a man not to touch a woman"). The ultimate etymology past Greek is obscure (Kretschmer sec. Chatraine, not in Pokorny). Only 268 ghits; seems like a newish neologism.
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