[ mon-uh-gam-ik ]


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Word History and Origins

Origin of monogamic1

First recorded in 1830–40; monogam(y) + -ic

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Example Sentences

No one slept alone, for the more or less monogamic family assembled nightly in a cave or 'lean-to' shelter.

Rightly used, however, monogamic fellowship protects by making adventure in life more zestful because it is shared.

The monogamic fellowship normally encourages the coming of the child.

Where there is no monogamic commitment, he is forced into family life that is confused, incomplete, and uncertain.

Under normal conditions the numbers of persons of both sexes are almost equal, which everywhere points to monogamic marriage.


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About This Word

What does monogamic mean?

Monogamic is a less common word for monogamous—having only one spouse, one sexual partner, or (in the case of animals) one mate.

Monogamic is used to describe people and animals that practice monogamy or to describe their relationships or practices. The word monogamy most technically refers to the state or practice of being married to only one person at a time. It is also commonly used in a more general way to refer to the state of being in a romantic or sexual relationship with only one person at a time. Less commonly, monogamy can mean the practice of being married only once throughout one’s life.

In the study of animals, monogamy refers to the practice of having only one mate.

A monogamic person can be called a monogamist. The term can also be applied to a person who advocates for monogamy.

Example: Monogamy may be traditional in our modern society, but monogamic relationships haven’t always been the norm in every culture.

Where does monogamic come from?

The first records of the word monogamic come from around 1840. Its base word, monogamy, comes from the Greek monogamía, from mono-, meaning “single” or “one,” and -gamy, meaning “marriage.” The same root is used in the words bigamous (being married to two people at the same time) and polygamic (being married to more than one person at a time).

Though it has traditionally been associated with marriage, the term monogamic can be used to describe people who are in a sexual relationship with or date only one person at a time. While monogamy is often seen as a traditional norm of human relationships, especially in Western cultures, not everyone shares this view. The phrase serial monogamy refers to the practice of being married several times in succession, or, more popularly, going from one monogamic long-term relationship to another. A person who does this is sometimes called a serial monogamist. Such terms are often used in a critical way that’s perhaps intended to suggest that monogamy is unnatural or unlikely to lead to fulfillment.

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How is monogamic used in real life?

Monogamic is typically used in the same way as monogamous, but it’s used much less commonly.