Definition of Bigamy

1. Noun. Having two spouses at the same time.

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Marriage, Matrimony, Spousal Relationship, Union, Wedlock
Derivative terms: Bigamist

2. Noun. The offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred.

Definition of Bigamy

1. n. The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another.

Definition of Bigamy

1. Noun. The state of having two (legal or illegal) spouses simultaneously ¹

2. Noun. (ecclesiastical) A second marriage ¹

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Definition of Bigamy

1. the crime of being married to two people simultaneously [n -MIES]

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Literary usage of Bigamy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of the Christian Church by Wilhelm Ernst Möller (1900)
"Weakening of the Schmalkaldic League by Philip's bigamy. ... In addition, he had long since formed the idea that bigamy was permitted by God. ..."

2. Hand-book of Criminal Law by William Lawrence Clark (1894)
"bigamy OE POLYGAMY. 123. bigamy or polygamy is a statutory, and not a common-law, crime. It is committed where one, being legally married, marries another ..."

3. The Mirrour of Justices: Written Originally in the Old French, Long Before by Andrew Horne, Anthony Fitzherbert (1903)
"Replication of bigamy. THE exception of clergy is sometimes counter-plead- able by a replication of bigamy in this manner: Sir, he ought not to enjoy the ..."

4. Hand-book of Criminal Law by William Lawrence Clark, Francis Buchanan Tiffany (1902)
"bigamy or polygamy is a statutory, and not a common- law, crime. It is committed where one, being legally married, marries another person during the life of ..."

5. A Treatise on Crimes and Misdemeanors by William Oldnall Russell (1877)
"THE offence of having a plurality of wives at the same time is more correctly de- «minated polygamy ; but, the name bigamy having been more frequently given ..."

6. The Penal code of California: Enacted in 1872; as Amended in 1889 by California, Robert Desty (1889)
"Punishment of bigamy. I 284. Marrying a husband or wife of another. . Ì 289. Incest. ! 286. Crime against nature. i 287. Penetration sufficient to complete ..."

7. Leading Cases Simplified: A Collection of the Leading Cases in Criminal Law by John Davison Lawson (1892)
"Elizabeth very properly was angry and had Johnny indicted for bigamy. But the court held that a marriage under sixteen was void; and this being so, ..."

8. A Digest of the Criminal Law (crimes and Punishments) by James Fitzjames Stephen (1883)
"In order to shew that A committed bigamy it must be proved that the form by ... PRINCIPALS IN SECOND DEGREE IN bigamy. 2 Every one is a principal in the ..."

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