Bigamy and Polygamy

Bigamy

In cultures that practice marital monogamy, bigamy is the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another.

bigamy n 1: having two spouses at the same time 2: the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "bigamy": beena marriage, common-law marriage, companionate marriage, concubinage, deuterogamy, left-handed marriage, levirate, leviration, love match, marriage of convenience, monandry, monogamy, monogyny, morganatic marriage, picture marriage, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny, trial marriage, trigamy

Bigamy \Big"a*my\, n. [OE. bigamie, fr. L. bigamus twice married; bis twice + Gr. ? marriage; prob. akin to Skt. j[=a]mis related, and L. gemini twins, the root meaning to bind, join: cf. F. bigamie. Cf. {Digamy}.] (Law) The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another. --Wharton. [1913 Webster] Note: It is not strictly correct to call this offense bigamy: it more properly denominated polygamy, i. e., having a plurality of wives or husbands at once, and in several statutes in the United States the offense is classed under the head of polygamy. In the canon law bigamy was the marrying of two virgins successively, or one after the death of the other, or once marrying a widow. This disqualified a man for orders, and for holding ecclesiastical offices. Shakespeare uses the word in the latter sense. --Blackstone. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Base declension and loathed bigamy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

BIGAMY, n. A mistake in taste for which the wisdom of the future will adjudge a punishment called trigamy.

Polygamy

Polygamy (from πολύς γάμος polys gamos, translated literally in Late Greek as "many married") is a marriage which includes more than two partners.

polygamy n : having more than one spouse at a time

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "polygamy": beena marriage, bigamy, common-law marriage, companionate marriage, concubinage, deuterogamy, left-handed marriage, levirate, leviration, love match, marriage of convenience, monandry, monogamy, monogyny, morganatic marriage, picture marriage, polyandry, polygyny, trial marriage, trigamy

Polygamy \Po*lyg"a*my\, n. [Gr. ?; cf. F. polygamie.] 1. The having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; -- opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy. See the Note under {Bigamy}, and cf. {Polyandry}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo["o]l.) The state or habit of having more than one mate. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers. [1913 Webster]

POLYGAMY, n. A house of atonement, or expiatory chapel, fitted with several stools of repentance, as distinguished from monogamy, which has but one.

Data Sources:

  • bigamy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • bigamy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • bigamy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • bigamy: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • polygamy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • polygamy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • polygamy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • polygamy: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)

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