Bigamy



Law. the crime of marrying while one has a spouse still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
Ecclesiastical. any violation of canon law concerning marital status that would disqualify a person from receiving holy orders or from retaining or surpassing an ecclesiastical rank.
Contemporary Examples

Was Rick Santorum Right About Polygamy After All? Justin Miller December 15, 2013
Congressman Accuses Wife Of Bigamy Ben Jacobs April 28, 2014
The Gay Divorce Trap: When Same-Sex Marriage Goes Wrong Lizzie Crocker September 29, 2013
Sister Wives Season 2: Polygamy’s Strange Charm Joyce C. Tang March 9, 2011

Historical Examples

Sir Noel’s Heir May Agnes Fleming
Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom T. W. Allies
Despair’s Last Journey David Christie Murray
Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 23, 1891 Various
Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes

noun (pl) -mies
the crime of marrying a person while one is still legally married to someone else
n.

Bigamie is unkinde ðing, On engleis tale, twie-wifing. [c.1250]

In Middle English, also of two successive marriages or marrying a widow.

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