(noun) The condition or practice of being married to multiple spouses at the same time typically with the connotation of illegality.
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- Plural: bigamies
- Bigamy is the same as polygamy and used more commonly outside of the social sciences, particularly in law and is punishable as a crime in some locales.
- Bigamy used in a sentence: Pat is married to both Casey and Joey but the authorities found out and Pat has been charged with bigamy.
- Derived terms sentence: A (noun) bigamist (adverb) bigamously engages in a (adjective) bigamous or (adjective) bigamistic relationship.
- Coltrane, Scott. 2004. Families and Society: Classic and Contemporary readings. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.