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The criminal offense of marrying one person while still legally married to another.

[Middle English bigamie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin bigamia, from Late Latin bigamus, twice married : Latin bi-, two; see bi-1 + Greek gamos, marriage; see -gamous.]

big′a·mist n.


(ˈbɪg ə mɪst)

a person who commits bigamy.
big`a•mis′tic, adj.
big`a•mis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bigamist - someone who marries one person while already legally married to anotherbigamist - someone who marries one person while already legally married to another
better half, married person, partner, spouse, mate - a person's partner in marriage
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[ˈbɪgəmɪst] Nbígamo/a m/f


[ˈbɪgəmɪst] nbigame mf


nBigamist m


[ˈbɪgəmɪst] nbigamo/a


(ˈbigəmi) noun
marriage to two wives or two husbands at once (a crime in some countries). He's been charged with committing bigamy.
ˈbigamist noun
ˈbigamous adjective
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Then this so sweet maid is a polyandrist, and me, with my poor wife dead to me, but alive by Church's law, though no wits, all gone, even I, who am faithful husband to this now-no-wife, am bigamist.
There is no knight-errant to come and seek a quarrel with me on account of the fair lady I detain a prisoner; but I have judges quite ready who will quickly dispose of a woman so shameless as to glide, a bigamist, into the bed of Lord de Winter, my brother.
Squire Hawker played both the bigamist and the bandit.
This jail was a Noah's ark of the city's crime--there were murderers, "hold-up men" and burglars, embezzlers, counterfeiters and forgers, bigamists, "shoplifters," "confidence men," petty thieves and pickpockets, gamblers and procurers, brawlers, beggars, tramps and drunkards; they were black and white, old and young, Americans and natives of every nation under the sun.
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Now she has written a book called Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved?
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According to details, Sarfaraz, a resident of Baitmeel Hazar area of district Jatoi was a bigamist.