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bigamy

[ big-uh-mee ]

noun

, plural big·a·mies.
  1. Law. the crime of marrying while one has a spouse still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
  2. 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.


bigamy

/ ˈbɪɡəmɪ /

noun

  1. the crime of marrying a person while one is still legally married to someone else


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Derived Forms

  • ˈbigamously, adverb
  • ˈbigamous, adjective
  • ˈbigamist, noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bigamy1

1200–50; Middle English bigamie < Medieval Latin bigamia ( Late Latin bigam ( us ) bigamous + Latin -ia -y 3 )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bigamy1

C13: via French from Medieval Latin bigamus ; see bi- 1, -gamy
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Example Sentences

But Tuesday it turned out that one congressman may have ties to a far more exotic crime; bigamy.

Bigamy, or having multiple active marriage licenses, is a third-degree felony in Utah.

But, according to Florida law, that would qualify as bigamy.

Already, seven FLDS men have been convicted of either bigamy, arranging child-bride marriages or sex assault of a child.

The LDS renounced polygamy long ago in response to bigamy laws, and doesn't recognize any splinter groups that practice polygamy.

If she had lived to marry, some mischief—making scoundrel would have procured the indictment of her husband for bigamy.

Mrs. Johnson had been arrested on a charge of bigamy at Center, Texas, and was out on bond when she was seized.

Now Lizzie had convicted her second husband of bigamy, and had freed herself after that fashion.

The Squire was an unlifelike story of a case of bigamy, annulled by an unexpected death.

There's a law against bigamy, I believe; but I'll marry them both, the maid first, the mistress afterward.

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