polygamy

noun
po·​lyg·​a·​my | \ pə-ˈli-gə-mē How to pronounce polygamy (audio) \

Definition of polygamy

1 : marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time — compare polyandry, polygyny
2 : the state of being polygamous

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Other Words from polygamy

polygamist \ pə-​ˈli-​gə-​mist How to pronounce polygamist (audio) \ noun
polygamize \ pə-​ˈli-​gə-​ˌmīz How to pronounce polygamize (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of polygamy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some gliders take multiple mates, which is called polygamy, while others are monogamous, and still more are variants in between. National Geographic, "Possums," 6 Mar. 2020 The community is the home base of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, of FLDS, an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that practices polygamy. Washington Post, "Polygamous town contractor must pay $1M to child workers," 3 July 2019 But in 1982, Lafferty began spending more time with his brother Dan, who believed the mainstream church should have never abandoned polygamy. BostonGlobe.com, "SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother’s wife and her toddler in 1984 because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book ‘‘Under the Banner of Heaven’’ has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday.," 12 Nov. 2019 But the practice of polygamy has mostly been abandoned in the communities in Mexico, experts say. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "For Mormon offshoot groups in Mexico, a history of family traditions — and violence," 6 Nov. 2019 But the practice of polygamy has mostly been abandoned in the communities in Mexico, experts say. Daniel Gonzalez, USA TODAY, "Why offshoots of the Mormon church fled to Mexico in the first place," 6 Nov. 2019 Utah could decriminalize polygamy for the first time in 85 years. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "Utah Lawmakers Seek to Decriminalize Polygamy," 20 Feb. 2020 The state's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints practiced polygamy in its early days, but abandoned and disavowed the practice in 1890. Ella Torres, ABC News, "Utah senators unanimously pass bill to decriminalize polygamy," 19 Feb. 2020 Utah took a major legislative step toward decriminalizing polygamy in the state. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Utah Senate votes to decriminalize polygamy," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of polygamy

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Polygamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygamy. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for polygamy

polygamy

noun
How to pronounce polygamy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of polygamy

: the state or practice of being married to more than one person at the same time

polygamy

noun
po·​lyg·​a·​my | \ -mē How to pronounce polygamy (audio) \
plural polygamies

Medical Definition of polygamy

: marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time — compare polyandry, polygyny

polygamy

noun
po·​lyg·​a·​my | \ pə-ˈli-gə-mē How to pronounce polygamy (audio) \

Legal Definition of polygamy

: the offense of having several and specifically more than two spouses at one time — compare bigamy

Other Words from polygamy

polygamous \ -​məs How to pronounce polygamous (audio) \ adjective

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