[ muh-nog-uh-mist ]
/ məˈnɒg ə mɪst /
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Definition of monogamist

a person who practices or advocates monogamy.
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Origin of monogamist

First recorded in 1645–50; monogam(y) + -ist


mo·nog·a·mis·tic, adjective
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What does monogamist mean?

A monogamist is someone who practices or advocates for monogamy—the state or practice of being married to only one person at a time or being in a romantic or sexual relationship with only one person at a time.

The phrase serial monogamist refers to a person who engages in what’s called serial monogamy—the practice of being married several times in succession, or, more popularly, going from one monogamous long-term relationship to another.

Example: I don’t know how people have the energy or patience to date multiple people at once—it’s hard enough being a monogamist.

Where does monogamist come from?

The first records of the word monogamist come from the mid-1600s. 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 bigamist (a person who’s married to two people at once) and polygamist (a person who’s married to more than one person at a time).

Though it has traditionally been associated with marriage, the term monogamy today commonly refers to the state of dating or being in a sexual relationship with 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 term serial monogamist is 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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What are some other forms related to monogamist?

  • monogamistic (adjective)
  • monogamy (noun)

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How is monogamist used in real life?

Monogamist is commonly used to refer to a person who engages in exclusive, long-term relationships. Some people apply the term to themselves.


How to use monogamist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for monogamist

/ (mɒˈnɒɡəmɪst) /

a person who advocates or practises monogamy

Derived forms of monogamist

monogamistic, adjective
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