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big·a·my

 (bĭg′ə-mē)
n.
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.

bigamy

(ˈbɪɡəmɪ)
n, pl -mies
(Law) 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]
ˈbigamist n
ˈbigamous adj
ˈbigamously adv

big•a•my

(ˈbɪg ə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
the act of marrying one person while still being legally married to another. Compare monogamy, polygamy (def. 1).
[1200–50; Middle English bigamie < Medieval Latin bigamia]

bigamy

the condition of having two spouses simultaneously. — bigamist, n. — bigamous, adj.
See also: Crime
the state or practice of being married to more than one wife or one husband at a time. — bigamist, n. — bigamous, adj.
See also: Marriage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bigamy - having two spouses at the same timebigamy - having two spouses at the same time
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
2.bigamy - the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurredbigamy - the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred
regulatory offence, regulatory offense, statutory offence, statutory offense - crimes created by statutes and not by common law
Translations
bigamie
bigami
bigámia
tvíkvæni
bigamiškasdvipatystėturinti du vyrusturintis dvi žmonas
bigāmija, divlaulība
bigamia
iki eşlilikiki karılı/kocalı olma

bigamy

[ˈbɪgəmɪ] Nbigamia f

bigamy

[ˈbɪgəmi] nbigamie fBig Apple n
the Big Apple → New York, la ville de New Yorkbig band
nbig band m
modif [music, sound] → de big band; [era] → des big bandsBig Bang n
the Big Bang → le big bangbig bang theory Big Bang theory nthéorie f du big bangbig business n
(= big companies) → les grandes entreprisesfplles grandes firmes fpl
to be big business (= profitable activity) → être un secteur lucratifbig cat n (lion, tiger)grand félin m, fauve mbig cheese ngros bonnet mbig city n
the big city (as place of opportunity)la grande villebig deal
n
(= important thing) → grosse affaire f
it's no big deal (= not difficult) → ce n'est pas la mer à boire
to make a big deal of sth → faire toute une affaire de qch
excl (= so what) → et après!big dipper nmontagnes fpl russesbig end n [car] → tête f de biellebig fish n (= important person) → gros poisson mbig game ngros gibier m

bigamy

nBigamie f

bigamy

[ˈbɪgəmɪ] nbigamia

bigamy

(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
References in classic literature ?
The president of the Florida Flying Machine Company is in jail for bigamy.
She had given him his choice of going away with her at once or of being prosecuted for bigamy.
Where this power, or whatever else it may be, descends upon the shoulders of a man whose ways are not straight, he becomes a nuisance to the neighbourhood--a receiver of stolen goods, giver of love-potions, and deceiver of silly women--the avowed enemy of law and order, of justices of the peace, head-boroughs, and gamekeepers,--such a man, in fact, as was recently caught tripping, and deservedly dealt with by the Leeds justices, for seducing a girl who had come to him to get back a faithless lover, and has been convicted of bigamy since then.
Number of bigamy WEST Yorkshire Police has recorded 13 bigamy cases in under a decade.
At Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, he admitted bigamy and obtaining PS29,593 of his sick wife's disability benefits.
AN academic from Warwick University has looked into divorce, bigamy and bereavement through the ages.
A MAN attended court after being charged with bigamy.
A TRIPLE bigamy case against a Scots pensioner was sensationally dropped yesterday because of insufficient evidence.
A British man has been found guilty of bigamy in China, the first foreign national to do so in the country's history.
Wong, of Fenham Road, Fenham, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to bigamy and was given four months' prison, suspended for 12 months, with 40 hours of unpaid work.
However, the furious mum of Ahmed's three children has accused him of bigamy, claiming that he is still married to her and has complained to cops, the Sun reported.
The Act is being introduced with an aim to prevent instances of bigamy, polygamy, strengthen widows' rights to property and check instances of child marriage," Walia said.