bigamy

noun
big·​a·​my | \ ˈbi-gə-mē How to pronounce bigamy (audio) \

Definition of bigamy

law : the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another was accused of bigamy

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Other Words from bigamy

bigamist \ ˈbi-​gə-​mist How to pronounce bigamy (audio) \ noun

Examples of bigamy in a Sentence

He was accused of bigamy.
Recent Examples on the Web Photos and footage later would be used as evidence in his bigamy trial. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Tom Green, polygamist whose Utah trial captured international attention, dies at 72," 3 Mar. 2021 In a rare use of a state law, Mr. Leavitt charged Mr. Green with bigamy. New York Times, "Tom Green, Convicted Polygamist, Is Dead at 72," 5 Mar. 2021 Then-Juab County Attorney David Leavitt filed bigamy and failure to pay child support charges in April 2000. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Tom Green, polygamist whose Utah trial captured international attention, dies at 72," 3 Mar. 2021 Supporters of the law say that reducing the penalty for bigamy removes barriers that previously prevented potential abuse victims from coming forward for fear of prosecution. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Bigamy is no longer a felony in Utah," 12 May 2020 Lawmakers in the state House are considering legislation that would reclassify bigamy as an infraction in certain circumstances. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "Utah Lawmakers Seek to Decriminalize Polygamy," 20 Feb. 2020 Her proposal to make bigamy an infraction rather than a felony has already gathered significant support from her colleagues. Washington Post, "Polygamists may not face jail time under new Utah bill," 10 Feb. 2020 New legislation introduced in the Senate would change the offense of bigamy, when two people marry while at least one of them is already legally married, from a felony to an infraction. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Bigamy is a felony in Utah. A new bill would change it to an infraction," 11 Feb. 2020 Her proposal to make bigamy an infraction rather than a felony has gathered significant support. Time, "Utah Bill Would Reduce Polygamy From a Felony to an Infraction," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bigamy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bigamy

Middle English bigamie, from Medieval Latin bigamia, from Latin bi- + Late Latin -gamia -gamy

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“Bigamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigamy. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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bigamy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bigamy

: the crime of marrying one person while you are still legally married to another

bigamy

noun
big·​a·​my | \ ˈbi-gə-mē How to pronounce bigamy (audio) \

Legal Definition of bigamy

: the crime of marrying someone while still legally married to someone else — compare polygamy

Other Words from bigamy

bigamist \ -​mist How to pronounce bigamy (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for bigamy

Medieval Latin bigamia, ultimately from Latin bi- two + Greek gamos marriage

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