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Onan in the Bible, a son of Judah (Genesis 38:9), who was ordered by his father to beget children with the wife of his brother who had died childless. He did not wish to beget children who would not belong to him, so he did not complete copulation but ‘let his seed fall on the ground’, for which God punished him with death. Although Onan's sin is taken by modern biblical scholars to have been his failure to fulfil the obligation of marrying his brother's widow, this passage has frequently been taken in the Christian (as in the Jewish) tradition to show divine condemnation of autoeroticism.

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Onan

Onan (ō´nən), in the Bible, Judah's son, whose evasion of his obligation to his brother's widow caused his death.

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