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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bigamy  \Big"a*my\,  n.  [OE.  bigamie  fr  L.  bigamus  twice 
  married;  bis  twice  +  Gr  ?  marriage;  prob.  akin  to  Skt. 
  j[=a]mis  related,  and  L.  gemini  twins,  the  root  meaning  to 
  bind,  join:  cf  F.  bigamie  Cf  {Digamy}.]  (Law) 
  The  offense  of  marrying  one  person  when  already  legally 
  married  to  another.  --Wharton. 
 
  Note:  It  is  not  strictly  correct  to  call  this  offense  bigamy: 
  it  more  properly  denominated  polygamy,  i.  e.,  having  a 
  plurality  of  wives  or  husbands  at  once,  and  in  several 
  statutes  in  the  United  States  the  offense  is  classed 
  under  the  head  of  polygamy.  In  the  canon  law  bigamy  was 
  the  marrying  of  two  virgins  successively,  or  one  after 
  the  death  of  the  other  or  once  marrying  a  widow.  This 
  disqualified  a  man  for  orders  and  for  holding 
  ecclesiastical  offices.  Shakespeare  uses  the  word  in 
  the  latter  sense  --Blackstone.  --Bouvier. 
 
  Base  declension  and  loathed  bigamy.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bigamy 
  n  1:  having  more  than  one  spouse  at  a  time 
  2:  the  offense  of  having  two  or  more  wives  or  husbands  living 
  at  the  same  time 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BIGAMY,  n.  A  mistake  in  taste  for  which  the  wisdom  of  the  future  will 
  adjudge  a  punishment  called  trigamy. 
 
 




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