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bigamy vs. polygamy
bigamy vs. polygamy: What's the difference?
Bigamy refers to marrying someone else while simultaneously being married to a spouse who is still living. Polygamy refers to the practice of having more than one spouse, especially a wife, at once. Both practices are illegal in many places.
[ big-uh-mee ]
- the crime of marrying while one has a spouse still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
- any violation of canon law concerning marital status that would disqualify a person from receiving holy orders or from retaining or surpassing an ecclesiastical rank.
[ puh-lig-uh-mee ]
- the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, especially wife, at one time.
- the habit or system of mating with more than one individual, either simultaneously or successively.