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  • n. One who practices or advocates polygyny

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who practices or advocates polygyny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One who or that which practises polygyny; an advocate of polygyny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man with two or more wives


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  • This is at least partly because polygynist cultures need to create and sustain an underclass of unmarried and undereducated men, since in order to sustain a system where a few men possess all the women, roughly half of boys must leave the community before adulthood.

    Polygamy: More Common Than You Think

  • Rambam excluded the levirate wife from the condition to prohibit the husband from taking another wife because he considered the precept of yibbum as taking precedence, both because he lived in a polygynist milieu and because the husband did not seek out the marriage.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Married Woman.

  • Even without that, I don't know that the poly community -- or even the religious polygynist communities -- have got a handle on the issues that are the core of marriage as a legal institution.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Every adult African male was required to pay a labour tax of two pounds, with another two pounds for the second and each additional wife of a polygynist.


  • It may now be asked why the polygynist nations have not gravitated to monogamy, like the latter-day saints of Salt Lake City.

    Getting Married

  • It doesn’t change the underlying problem, and it’s likely to leave many of the women worse off — instead of the women being in a recognized relationship with rights to support, men with polygynist tendencies in our society leave a trail of mistresses, single mothers, and cast-off first wives.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Surplus of Males and Runaway (with the Bride-Price) Brides:


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  • A man having more than one wife.

    March 28, 2009