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

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 An enterprising publisher reissued an account of the 1706 bigamy trial of Robert Fielding, with prints of the interior view and a key of where famous people had sat. Catherine Ostler, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2022 The Duchess of Kingston, once the most celebrated maid of honor to Augusta, Princess of Wales, was to stand trial for bigamy. Catherine Ostler, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2022 And yet the bigamy trial of Elizabeth Chudleigh is what preoccupied aristocrats and politicians, along with a good portion of the British populace, at the time. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Green was convicted of bigamy in 2001 and, a year later, of raping a 13-year-old girl in the 1980s. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were the subject of poems that leaned into racist tropes and allegations of bigamy. CBS News, 1 Nov. 2021 Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were the subject of poems that leaned into racist tropes and allegations of bigamy. CBS News, 1 Nov. 2021 It was called the bigamy bill, and was aimed at polygamists. Matt Didisheim, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Dec. 2021 Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were the subject of poems that leaned into racist tropes and allegations of bigamy. CBS News, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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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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