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What does monogamy mean?
Monogamy most technically refers to the state or practice of being married to only one person at a time.
The word monogamy 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.
Example: Monogamy may be traditional in our modern society, but this hasn’t always been the case in cultures around the world.
Where does monogamy come from?
The first records of the word monogamy come from the early 1600s. It comes from the Greek monogamía, from mono-, meaning “single” or “one,” and -gamy, meaning “marriage.” The same root is used in the words bigamy (referring to the practice of being married to two people) and polygamy (referring to the practice of being 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 only dating or being in a sexual relationship with 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 monogamous, 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 monogamy used in real life?
Monogamy is perhaps most popularly used to refer to the practice of having a sexual relationship with only one person at a time.
Most of my exes have found their significant other almost immediately after dating me. I am like the layover on the way to monogamy, the brief Icelandic stopover on the way home from your wild vacation. I am the Reykjavik of relationships.
— Elise Bauman (@baumanelise) December 20, 2019
Monogamy is okay but so is polygamy. Dating a lot of people at once is okay, dating one person at a time is okay. Different people have different preferences y’all be so pressed to shame people for they dating preferences.
— zah zah (@lustclouds) December 26, 2019
The project will re-examine the original series' depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple played by #OscarIsaac and #MichelleWilliams https://t.co/LYQdePDVK2
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 9, 2020
Example sentences from the Web for monogamy
As Davies tells it, monogamy did not have much of a grip on the upper levels of public life.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He might have fallen off the monogamy wagon a couple of times after that, but I have to tell you, not very much.Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography|Ronald K. Fried|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
With 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, monogamy may seem like impossible ideal.
Open relationships can be idealistic, cynical, natural, negotiated, beautiful, or abusive—just like monogamy.Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Open Relationships, and Divorce|Tracy Quan|November 19, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The woman who said monogamy is a “bore” portrays the happily married wife on a global stage.
Then tell Helen she doesn't have to marry, that, with the best intentions, the Church has made a muddle of monogamy.Why Marry?|Jesse Lynch Williams
With the exception of the Khojur, of whom I shall presently speak, and the head sheikh, monogamy is practised.Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892|F. R. Wingate
Monogamy without concubinage is now the rule—is taken for granted as right.
No man is born with an instinctive respect for the rights of any property but his own, and few with a passion for monogamy.Mankind in the Making|H. G. Wells
That is why, in spite of a hundred disadvantages, the world will always return to monogamy.The Man Who Was Thursday|G. K. Chesterton