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bigamy

Line breaks: big¦amy
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪɡəmi
 
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Definition of bigamy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The offence of marrying someone while already married to another person.
Example sentences
  • During his days in court, the criminal past of the self-confessed liar and philanderer emerged, with offences of bigamy, theft, fraud and criminal damage, and a faked suicide among two changes of identity.
  • Well, for instance, bigamy is a federal offence, and I have little doubt that the Commonwealth could prohibit people calling themselves married.
  • For instance, is a marriage subsequent to a civil union bigamy?

Origin

Middle English: from Old French bigamie, from bigame 'bigamous', from late Latin bigamus, from bi- 'twice' + Greek -gamos 'married'.

Derivatives

bigamist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • But Margaret's husband had been a bigamist: did that disqualify her great-granddaughter?
  • Apparently the first wives of bigamists did not always care to chase down their absconding husbands.
  • Covered by a trail of new names, false claims, and new marital arrangements, deserters and bigamists often lurked just beyond the reach of the law.

bigamous

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Rather, it only contains the usual bans on bigamous or incestuous marriage.
  • His entering into a second marriage without dissolving his first is a bigamous act under Australian law, a matter he was well aware of.
  • Most prosecutions for bigamy fail because the complainant does not have the proof of the bigamous marriage.

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