noun, plural big·a·mies.
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.
Bigamy, or having multiple active marriage licenses, is a third-degree felony in Utah.
But, according to Florida law, that would qualify as bigamy.The Gay Divorce Trap: When Same-Sex Marriage Goes Wrong|Lizzie Crocker|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The LDS renounced polygamy long ago in response to bigamy laws, and doesn't recognize any splinter groups that practice polygamy.
Evidently Christine had warned him in her note and he had run away to escape the suit for bigamy.A Beautiful Alien|Julia Magruder
Canon Wilton had not mentioned Rosamund's name to the verger's widow, who had no evil thoughts of bigamy.In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
If I cannot convict that man of bigamy, would it not be foolish of me to try?Kindred of the Dust|Peter B. Kyne
The exemplars of bigamy and polygamy were mainly those whose position enabled them to flaunt the public sentiment of their day.The Bible and Life|Edwin Holt Hughes
There has never yet a case occurred where a slave has been tried for bigamy.The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave|William Wells Brown
British Dictionary definitions for bigamy
noun plural -mies
Word Origin for bigamy
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.