Definition of Polygamy
(noun) Any condition or practice of marriage that consists of multiple spouses at the same time.
Examples of Polygamy
- American English – /puh-lIgUH-mee/
- British English – /puh-lIgUH-mee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /pəˈlɪɡəmi/
- British English – /pəˈlɪɡəmi/
- Polygamy, specifically polygyny and polyandry, as a marital norm is contrasted to monogamy.
- Monogamy is still prevalent in societies and cultures that allow or promote polygamy as typically only the wealthy can afford multiple spouses.
- A type of marriage and polyamory.
- Also called plural marriage, although this term is typically associated with Mormons.
- A (noun) polygamist engages in a (adjective) polygamous or (adjective) polygamistic relationship.
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