- Law. the crime of marrying while one has a spouse still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
- Ecclesiastical. any violation of canon law concerning marital status that would disqualify a person from receiving holy orders or from retaining or surpassing an ecclesiastical rank.
Origin of bigamy
Examples from the Web for bigamy
But Tuesday it turned out that one congressman may have ties to a far more exotic crime; bigamy.Congressman Accuses Wife Of Bigamy
April 29, 2014
Bigamy, or having multiple active marriage licenses, is a third-degree felony in Utah.Was Rick Santorum Right About Polygamy After All?
December 16, 2013
But, according to Florida law, that would qualify as bigamy.The Gay Divorce Trap: When Same-Sex Marriage Goes Wrong
September 30, 2013
The LDS renounced polygamy long ago in response to bigamy laws, and doesn't recognize any splinter groups that practice polygamy.Sister Wives Season 2: Polygamy's Strange Charm
Joyce C. Tang
March 10, 2011
He was afraid of bein' took up for bigamist, you see—for bein' a bigamy, I mean.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
When you accuse my wife of bigamy that is not quarrelling with me!Is He Popenjoy?</p>
Not a bit of it Let her contract a new marriage, and the law will indict her for bigamy.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
This gentleman, formerly a captain in the army, had been transported for bigamy.
Her bigamy may have been innocent, or at least, an unavoidable accident.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
- the crime of marrying a person while one is still legally married to someone else
Word Origin and History for bigamy
"state of having two wives or husbands at the same time," mid-13c., from Old French bigamie (13c.), from Church Latin bigamia, from Late Latin bigamus "twice married," a hybrid from bi- "double" (see bi-) + Greek gamos "marrying" (see gamete). The Greek word was digamos "twice married."
Bigamie is unkinde ðing, On engleis tale, twie-wifing. [c.1250]
In Middle English, also of two successive marriages or marrying a widow.