At the time, polygamy was the norm in Arab tribal society, and marrying widows and divorcées was a noble thing to do.
Many other revelations followed, including the most notorious of all: the one advocating “plural marriage,” or polygamy.
The parallel drawn between gay marriage and polygamy has been made before.
The difference might sound academic to the 83 percent of Americans who say polygamy is morally wrong.
This conversation often bleeds easily into a “the more the merrier” logic followed by some joke about polygamy.
To visit the penitentiary, where thirty Mormon bishops are imprisoned for polygamy.
polygamy of the second form above defined is limited by cost.
polygamy is allowed, and many well-to-do persons have more than one wife.
polygamy was not the result of his policy but of his passions.
He might as well be charged with polygamy because he addressed so many persons as "my wife" or "ma femme."
1590s, from Late Latin polygamia, from Late Greek polygamia "polygamy," from polygamos "often married," from polys "many" + gamos "marriage" (see gamete). Not etymologically restricted to marriage of one man and multiple women (technically polygyny), but often used as if it were. Related: Polygamist.
The practice of having several wives or husbands at the same time. (Compare monogamy.)