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Bigamy definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BIG'AMY, n. [L.bis,twice, and Gr. to marry, marriage.]
The crime of having two wives at once. But the term is ordinarily used as synonymous with Polygamy, and may be more justly defined, the crime of having a plurality of wives.
In the canon law, bigamy was the marrying a second wife after the death of the first, or once marrying a widow. This disqualified a man for orders,and holding ecclesiastical offices.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: having two spouses at the same time
2: the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English bigamie, from Medieval Latin bigamia, from Latin bi- + Late Latin -gamia -gamy Date: 13th century the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another bigamist noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) the crime of marrying when one is lawfully married to another person. Derivatives: bigamist n. bigamous adj. Etymology: ME f. OF bigamie f. bigame bigamous f. LL bigamus (as BI-, Gk gamos marriage)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bigamy Big"a*my, n. [OE. bigamie, fr. L. bigamus twice married; bis twice + Gr. ? marriage; prob. akin to Skt. j[=a]mis related, and L. gemini twins, the root meaning to bind, join: cf. F. bigamie. Cf. Digamy.] (Law) The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another. --Wharton. Note: It is not strictly correct to call this offense bigamy: it more properly denominated polygamy, i. e., having a plurality of wives or husbands at once, and in several statutes in the United States the offense is classed under the head of polygamy. In the canon law bigamy was the marrying of two virgins successively, or one after the death of the other, or once marrying a widow. This disqualified a man for orders, and for holding ecclesiastical offices. Shakespeare uses the word in the latter sense. --Blackstone. --Bouvier. Base declension and loathed bigamy. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Bigamy is the crime of marrying a person when you are already legally married to someone else.

Foolish Dictionary

A form of insanity in which a man insists on paying three board bills instead of two.

Moby Thesaurus

beena marriage, common-law marriage, companionate marriage, concubinage, deuterogamy, left-handed marriage, levirate, leviration, love match, marriage of convenience, monandry, monogamy, monogyny, morganatic marriage, picture marriage, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny, trial marriage, trigamy



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