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[big-uh-mee] /ˈbɪg ə mi/
noun, plural bigamies.
Law. the crime of marrying while one has a spouse still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
Ecclesiastical. any violation of canon law concerning marital status that would disqualify a person from receiving holy orders or from retaining or surpassing an ecclesiastical rank.
Origin of bigamy
1200-50; Middle English bigamie < Medieval Latin bigamia (Late Latin bigam(us) bigamous + Latin -ia -y3)
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noun (pl) -mies
the crime of marrying a person while one is still legally married to someone else
Derived Forms
bigamist, noun
bigamous, adjective
bigamously, adverb
Word Origin
C13: via French from Medieval Latin bigamus; see bi-1, -gamy
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Word Origin and History for bigamy

"state of having two wives or husbands at the same time," mid-13c., from Old French bigamie (13c.), from Church Latin bigamia, from Late Latin bigamus "twice married," a hybrid from bi- "double" (see bi-) + Greek gamos "marrying" (see gamete). The Greek word was digamos "twice married."

Bigamie is unkinde ðing, On engleis tale, twie-wifing. [c.1250]
In Middle English, also of two successive marriages or marrying a widow.

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