bigamy

[big-uh-mee]
noun, plural bigamies.
1.
Law. the crime of marrying while one has a spouse still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
2.
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:
1200–50; Middle English bigamie < Medieval Latin bigamia (Late Latin bigam(us) bigamous + Latin -ia -y3)

bigamy, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny.
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bigamy (ˈbɪɡəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
the crime of marrying a person while one is still legally married to someone else
 
[C13: via French from Medieval Latin bigamus; see bi-1, -gamy]
 
'bigamist
 
n
 
'bigamous
 
adj
 
'bigamously
 
adv

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bigamy
mid-13c., from O.Fr. bigamie (13c.), from L.L. bigamus "twice married," from bi- "double" + Gk. gamos "marrying" (see gamete).
"Bigamie is unkinde ðing, On engleis tale, twie-wifing." [c.1250]
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Example sentences
Bigamy is illegal almost everywhere for good reason.
The charges are related to underage marriages and bigamy.
The bigamy statute is sufficiently definite to discourage arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.
In addition, there are strong presumptions in favor of the validity of a second marriage and against bigamy.
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