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

Examples of bigamy in a Sentence

He was accused of bigamy.
Recent Examples on the Web After Brown died, questions arose about multiple bigamy, DNA tests and a quarreling family attempting to resolve entitlement to an estate valued as high as $100 million. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Deaths in Entertainment Become Problems for the Federal Judiciary," 22 Aug. 2019 Though critical of the fickleness of U.S. immigration policy, Corchado also touches on the inconsistencies of Mexico - a nation where family is revered yet bigamy thrives, and where corruption thwarts investment. Jill Leovy,, "A personal perspective on Mexico's mass exodus to the United States," 2 July 2018 That testimony led police to file one charge of bigamy, a felony, against the man on Monday, WDIV reported. Josh Magness, star-telegram, "He got married in April. Then his new bride got a call from his other wife, police say," 5 June 2018 Nathaniel D’amato, 46, is in the Harris County Jail on $10,000 bond on charges of bigamy, a second-degree felony. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress firefighter accused of bigamy," 5 June 2018 Henry, never one to be deterred easily, followed up his request for an annulment with an inquiry into getting a papal dispensation for bigamy which, unsurprisingly, the Pope was not super enthused about either. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn," 25 May 2018 Brazil, like many countries, outlaws bigamy and polygamy but civil unions between more than two people are not unheard of there. Dan Gartland,, "Brazilian Legend Ronaldinho Will Marry Two Women at the Same Time," 24 May 2018 Coltharp is also facing child bigamy and other charges. Washington Post, "U.S. pledges $8 million to Ebola response," 23 May 2018 The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to forcing a 25-year-old woman to marry him as well as rape, bigamy and voyeurism. USA TODAY, "Mother convicted in landmark British case over forced marriage," 23 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bigamy

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


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 bigamist (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for bigamy

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

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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