monogamy

[muh-nog-uh-mee]
noun
1.
marriage with only one person at a time. Compare bigamy, polygamy.
2.
Zoology. the practice of having only one mate.
3.
the practice of marrying only once during life.
Compare digamy.


Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin monogamia < Greek monogamía. See mono-, -gamy

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monogamy (mɒˈnɒɡəmɪ)
 
n
1.  bigamy polygamy Compare digamy the state or practice of having only one husband or wife over a period of time
2.  zoology the practice of having only one mate
 
[C17: via French from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek; see mono- + -gamy]
 
mo'nogamous
 
adj
 
mo'nogamously
 
adv
 
mo'nogamousness
 
n

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monogamy
1610s, from Fr. monogamie, from L.L. monogamia, from Gk. monogamia, from monogamos "marrying only once," from monos "single, alone" + gamos "marriage."
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monogamy mo·nog·a·my (mə-nŏg'ə-mē)
n.

  1. The practice or condition of being married to only one person at a time.

  2. The condition of having only one mate.


mo·nog'a·mous adj.
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monogamy [(muh-nog-uh-mee)]

A form of marriage in which one man is united with one woman. (Compare polyandry and polygamy.)

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monogamy

the custom that allows a person to be legally married to only one spouse at one time. Appearing in two general forms, monogamy may imply a lifelong contract between two individuals that may be broken only under penalty-as prevails in the Roman Catholic and Hindu prescriptions for marriage-or it may imply that persons are required to be monogamous but may change spouses repeatedly, a practice sometimes called serial monogamy.

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Example sentences
His goal in this chaste romance is avoidance of the monotony that monogamy
  presumably brings.
Dim sum frees you from culinary monogamy, never asking you to commit.
After 28 years of polygamous marriage, Spencer has lived the last 19 years in
  monogamy.
In the film, Joey is basically a decent guy with some rough edges and an
  aversion to monogamy.
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