bigamy

(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 (adverbbigamously engages in a (adjective) bigamous or (adjective) bigamistic relationship.

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