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Definition of 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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Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: big·a·my

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /bIgUH-mee/
  • British English – /bIgUH-mee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈbɪɡəmi/
  • British English – /ˈbɪɡəmi/

Usage Notes

  • 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 is an issue due to the increase in immigration of people from one from different societies and cultures. Polygamy may be legal where they come from, but not where they emigrating.
  • A (noun) bigamist (adverbbigamously engages in a (adjective) bigamous or (adjective) bigamistic relationship.

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Cite the Definition of Bigamy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “bigamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 22, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

bigamy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “bigamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 22, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“bigamy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Apr. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/>.