Definition of monogamist
OTHER WORDS FROM monogamistmo·nog·a·mis·tic, adjective
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ABOUT THIS WORD
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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What are some words that often get used in discussing monogamist?
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.
I’m a monogamist sorry. I don’t think I could have multiple partners in a healthy way for me
— molly, trash queen (@chainchompist) August 29, 2020
— Justin Lehmiller (@JustinLehmiller) October 6, 2019
How to use monogamist in a sentence
As for girlfriends and partners, Waters says she is a serial monogamist.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, “mainly” a serial monogamist, for the last twelve years he has been with his partner Michael.Making It in the 2-1-2: How Kenneth Walsh Achieved His NY Dream|Tim Teeman|February 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, however, Henry was more of a serial monogamist than a philanderer.Oral History: The Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England|Tom Sykes|July 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So many that, among his friends, he was known as a “serial monogamist.”Pablo Neruda, My Neighbor: Roberto Ampuero Recalls His Childhood|Roberto Ampuero|June 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A former "card-carrying monogamist," as she puts it, she is now in an open relationship and newly engaged.The Sex Diaries Project: What 1,500 Bedroom Diaries Can Teach Us About Sex|Jessica Bennett|January 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Parson Adams will not be forgotten, nor that gentle monogamist, the good Vicar of Wakefield.
Strindberg, notwithstanding his unhappy unions, is a staunch monogamist, and allowed the woman to go her way.Iconoclasts|James Huneker
Poverty brings one blessing in Turkey—the poor man is of necessity a monogamist.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2)|Isabella L. Bird
He is a strict monogamist, loyal in his married life and detests slavery as much as polygamy.My Trip Around the World|Eleonora Hunt
Isaac was a monogamist, though Jacob, through the artifice of Laban, became a polygamist.Woman: Man's Equal|Thomas Webster