from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The criminal offense of marrying one person while still legally married to another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of having two (legal or illegal) spouses simultaneously
- n. A second marriage
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, double marriage; remarriage during the existence of a former marriage; in law, the offense of having two or more wives or husbands at the same time.
- n. . Second marriage; remarriage of a widow or widower.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred
- n. having two spouses at the same time
As such, what we call bigamy, polygamy, etc. would be more like general partnerships.
The present usage in criminal law of applying the term bigamy to that which is more strictly called polygamy is, according to Blackstone (Lib.
Although bigamy is illegal in the UK, those who have moved here after marrying more than one woman in Islamic countries are allowed to remain in polygamous partnerships – and can even claim benefits for their additional spouses.
Even though bigamy is a crime in Britain, the decision by ministers means that polygamous marriages can now be recognised formally by the state, so long as the weddings took place in countries where the arrangement is legal.
In Britain, bigamy is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
But the institution of bigamy is not rare and is commonly referred to in popular culture.
Polygamy is the religious or cultural practice of a person having more than one spouse, which is defined as bigamy under law.
Domestic happiness then ceased for the poor lady; rumours of the worst nature got abroad; her little French husband, instead of being as for twelve years before he had been, her shadow, her slave, and her admirer, became outrageous and cruel, and after the horrid word bigamy had been launched against her, she never after held up her head.
Unless "bigamy" can be considered a medical specialty.
Shocked and outraged, the community abruptly abandoned its “noble” project of Americanizing the official, on the grounds that some offending Chinese traits, such as bigamy, were too ingrained to be extirpated.