bigamy

[big-uh-mee]

noun, plural big·a·mies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. big-ticket,
  2. biga,
  3. bigamist,
  4. bigamous,
  5. bigamously,
  6. bigarade,
  7. bigarreau,
  8. bigass,
  9. bigeminal,
  10. bigeminal pulse

Origin of bigamy

1200–50; Middle English bigamie < Medieval Latin bigamia (Late Latin bigam(us) bigamous + Latin -ia -y3)

Can be confusedbigamy polyandry polygamy polygyny

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British Dictionary definitions for bigamy

bigamy

noun plural -mies

the crime of marrying a person while one is still legally married to someone else
Derived Formsbigamist, nounbigamous, adjectivebigamously, adverb

Word Origin for bigamy

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

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Word Origin and History for bigamy

bigamy

n.
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