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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.
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(ˈbɪg ə mɪst)

a person who commits bigamy.
big`a•mis′tic, adj.
big`a•mis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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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
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[ˈbɪgəmɪst] nbigame mf
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nBigamist m
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[ˈbɪgəmɪst] nbigamo/a
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(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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References in classic literature ?
In their gamesome but still serious way, one whispers to the other --"Jack, he's robbed a widow;" or,"Joe, do you mark him; he's a bigamist;" or,"Harry lad, I guess he's the adulterer that broke jail in old Gomorrah, or belike, one of the missing murderers from Sodom." Another runs to read the bill that's stuck against the spile upon the wharf to which the ship is moored, offering five hundred gold coins for the apprehension of a parricide, and containing a description of his person.
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.
Rochester continued, hardily and recklessly: "Bigamy is an ugly word!--I meant, however, to be a bigamist; but fate has out- manoeuvred me, or Providence has checked me,--perhaps the last.
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."
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.
A woman recently shared her experience of finding out how her husband, who she believed was a CIA agent, was actually a bigamist and a conman.
Mary Turner Thomson, 53, from Edinburgh, thought she had the perfect marriage until she found out that her American husband William Allen Jordan was a serial bigamist.
A month later Lisa saw a post on Facebook saying her bigamist hubby was engaged - AGAIN.
A NURSE from Wirral says she can "finally begin to move on", after winning a divorce court fight with her bigamist ex-husband.
A nurse says she can "finally begin to move on" after winning a divorcecourtfight with her bigamist ex-husband.
A BIGAMIST has been jailed after stringing along his wife by phoning her every day for 17 years - while living with his "second wife".