What does bigamy mean?

Definitions for bigamy
ˈbɪg ə mibigamy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bigamynoun

    having two spouses at the same time

  2. bigamynoun

    the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred


  1. bigamynoun

    The state of having two (legal or illegal) spouses simultaneously

  2. bigamynoun

    A second marriage

  3. Etymology: From bigamie, from bigamia, bigamus, from bis + γάμος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bigamynoun

    Etymology: bigamia, low Latin.

    A beauty-waining and distressed widow
    Seduc’d the pitch and height of all his thoughts,
    To base declension, and loath’d bigamy. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Randal determined to commence a suit against Martin, for bigamy and incest. Scriblerus Club , Martinus Scriblerus.


  1. Bigamy

    In cultures where monogamy is mandated, bigamy is the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another. A legal or de facto separation of the couple does not alter their marital status as married persons. In the case of a person in the process of divorcing their spouse, that person is taken to be legally married until such time as the divorce becomes final or absolute under the law of the relevant jurisdiction. Bigamy laws do not apply to couples in a de facto or cohabitation relationship, or that enter such relationships when one is legally married. If the prior marriage is for any reason void, the couple is not married, and hence each party is free to marry another without falling foul of the bigamy laws. Bigamy is a crime in most countries that recognise only monogamous marriages. When it occurs in this context often neither the first nor second spouse is aware of the other. In countries that have bigamy laws, with a few exceptions (such as Egypt and Iran), consent from a prior spouse makes no difference to the legality of the second marriage, which is usually considered void.


  1. bigamy

    Bigamy is the act of marrying someone while still legally married to another person. This practice is considered illegal in many jurisdictions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bigamynoun

    the offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bigamy

    big′am-i, n. the crime of having two wives or two husbands at once.—n. Big′amist, one who has committed bigamy. [Fr.—L. bi-, bis, twice, and Gr. gamos, marriage.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A form of insanity in which a man insists on paying three board bills instead of two.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bigamy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bigamy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bigamy in a Sentence

  1. Howard Meyerowitz:

    Bigamy, forgery, submittingfalse documents, getting a false ID for his wife because she wasn’t a wife and giving heraccess to the U.S. military base — all of that is prosecutable.

  2. Oscar Wilde:

    Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. nasty
    • B. blistering
    • C. handsome
    • D. victimised

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