polygamy


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po·lyg·a·my

 (pə-lĭg′ə-mē)
n.
1. The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.

[French polygamie, from Late Latin polygamia, from Greek polugamiā : polu-, poly- + -gamiā, -gamy.]

polygamy

(pəˈlɪɡəmɪ)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the practice of having more than one wife or husband at the same time. Compare polyandry, polygyny
2. (Botany)
a. the condition of having male, female, and hermaphrodite flowers on the same plant
b. the condition of having these different types of flower on separate plants of the same species
3. (Zoology) the practice in male animals of having more than one mate during one breeding season
[C16: via French from Greek polugamia from poly- + -gamy]
poˈlygamist n
poˈlygamous, polyˈgamic adj
poˈlygamously adv

po•lyg•a•my

(pəˈlɪg ə mi)

n.
the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, esp. a wife, at one time.
po•lyg′a•mist, n.

polygamy

the condition of having more than two spouses simultaneously. — polygamist, n. — polygamous, adj.
See also: Crime
the practice or state of being married to more than one person at a time. — polygamous, adj.
See also: Marriage

polygamy

Marriage to more than one person at the same time. The most common form of polygamy is polygyny, where a man has several wives. A less common form is polyandry, where a woman has several husbands.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polygamy - having more than one spouse at a timepolygamy - having more than one spouse at a time
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"
polyandry - having more than one husband at a time
polygyny - having more than one wife at a time
Translations
mnohoženstvípolygamie
moniavioisuuspolygamia
poligamija
poligámiatöbbnejűség
poligami
多婚性

polygamy

[pɒˈlɪgəmɪ] Npoligamia f

polygamy

[pəˈlɪgəmi] npolygamie f

polygamy

nPolygamie f, → Vielehe f, → Vielweiberei f

polygamy

[pɒˈlɪgəmɪ] npoligamia

polygamy

n. poligamia, práctica de poseer más de un cónyuge a la vez.
References in classic literature ?
No one can appreciate the peace, the holy satisfaction of monogamy till he has passed through the wasting distractions, the unrest of polygamy.
He knew nothing of Mormonism except the custom of polygamy, which is its foundation.
It had made itself master of Utah, and subjected that territory to the laws of the Union, after imprisoning Brigham Young on a charge of rebellion and polygamy.
Passepartout was now the only person left in the car, and the Elder, looking him full in the face, reminded him that, two years after the assassination of Joseph Smith, the inspired prophet, Brigham Young, his successor, left Nauvoo for the banks of the Great Salt Lake, where, in the midst of that fertile region, directly on the route of the emigrants who crossed Utah on their way to California, the new colony, thanks to the polygamy practised by the Mormons, had flourished beyond expectations.
Polygamy, which once prevailed among them to a great extent, was now rarely indulged.
A regular system of polygamy exists among the islanders; but of a most extraordinary nature,--a plurality of husbands, instead of wives
Smuggling is not, like polygamy, a hanging offense.
Polygamy is not only allowed, but considered honorable, and the greater number of wives a man can maintain, the more important is he in the eyes of the tribe.
And must be unless you had polygamy, only the other way round; you understand.
At that time polygamy was still practised in Turkey.
His religious beliefs had become what would at present be called Unitarian, and he did not associate with any of the existing denominations; in private theory he had even come to believe in polygamy.
The supply of adult women was running short, and polygamy without a female population on which to draw was a barren doctrine indeed.