polygamy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n polygamy having more than one spouse at a time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Polygamy (Bot) The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.
    • Polygamy The having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; -- opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy . See the Note under Bigamy, and cf. Polyandry.
    • Polygamy (Zoöl) The state or habit of having more than one mate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polygamy Marriage with more than one spouse; the having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time. In Christian countries, when a man has more wives than one, or a woman more husbands than one, at the same time, he or she is punishable for polygamy; but if there was a separate marriage with each the first marriage would be valid notwithstanding the subsequent ones, and the later ones would be void. The offense of contracting the subsequent marriage is now termed bigamy. But polygamy in the form of polygyny is allowed in some countries, especially among Mohammedans, and is held a matter of faith and duty by the Mormons. Compare polyandry.
    • n polygamy In zoology, the practice or habit of having more than one mate of the opposite sex; polyandry or polygyny In mammals, polygamy is the rule with pinniped and various other carnivorous quadrupeds, with the hoofed quadrupeds in general, and in many other groups, especially in its polygynous form. In the class of birds, where monogamy is the rule, polygamy is conspicuous in the rasorial or gallinaceous order, and is exceptionally witnessed in some members of the monogamous orders, as in the cowbirds and cuckoos among passerine and picarian birds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Polygamy pō-lig′a-mi the practice of having more than one wife at the same time
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Quotations

  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “Polygamy is an endeavor to get more out of life than there is in it.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; cf. F. polygamie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—polys, many, gamos, marriage.

Usage

In literature:

I repeat, God has no more to do with ceremonial marriage now than he had at the time of the Old Testament and polygamy.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
I shall speak more fully of this in discussing polygamy.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
By making polygamy a religious institution, the Prophet preserved a relic of barbarism.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
We had hearn that Polygamy wuz still practised there, and we had hearn that it wuzn't.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Yet in the Bible there is not a word against polygamy.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
They maintain that it was God's best man who upheld polygamy then, and that it is the Devil's best man who does it now.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Polygamy was common among them when visited by the early missionaries.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
Polygamy was not the fashion among the Tagalogs.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
The other sort of preaching in which the elders indulged was that of an absolute and unqualified denial of polygamy in Utah.
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
Polygamy was not practised amongst the early Christians, who followed the Jews in this matter.
"Notes and Queries, Number 232, April 8, 1854" by Various
But, if treason introduced the enemy, polygamy secured the conquest.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
There is no trace of polygamy in Homer.
"Notes and Queries, Number 235, April 29, 1854" by Various
It is important to note that among the Iroquois polygamy is not permitted, nor does it appear ever to be practised.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Personally I believe in polygamy.
"Modern marriage and how to bear it" by Maud Churton Braby
But aside from this, their life goes on in slavery and polygamy and semi-civilization.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
The following, which was enacted under my eyes, shows the evil that results from divorce and polygamy.
"Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier" by T. L. Pennell
In consequence, there was no polygamy and no divorce.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
Although polygamy did not exist in Russia, the country could not free itself from certain oriental influences.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
Polygamy is very common there, as every one knows.
"How to Observe" by Harriet Martineau
Polygamy is permitted but rarely practised, and the wife enjoys a position of some freedom.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
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In news:

"The vast majority are just not going to leave," Atlanta-based polygamy historian and writer Ken Driggs said.
Education in the community came under scrutiny during a high-profile trial in late 2010 and early 2011 that examined Canada's polygamy law.
Jeffs' sect, which has about 10,000 members, practices polygamy in arranged marriages that have sometimes involved underage girls.
Is it polygamy that we're looking for.
Jeffs, whose approximately 10,000 followers practice polygamy mainly in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, is charged in Utah with being an accomplice to rape by arranging the marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin.
The mathematics of polygamy .
The polygamy conversation was triggered by a letter to the editor of the El Paso Times about gay marriage.
Viewing posts tagged polygamy .
Tyrese talks polygamy and music.
Is Polygamy Really So Awful.
Polygamy Charges Against Sister Wives' Kody Brown Dropped.
For a show this week, we're preparing to interview Brooke Adams, who may be the only reporter in the country to exclusively cover the polygamy beat.
All Blogs Free For All Why is Polygamy Illegal.
Polygamy in the Workplace.
Romney's family came from " polygamy commune in Mexico".
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In science:

All of the three lines are very close to each other when △→DA is polygamy and the critical point from polygamy to monogamy is almost identical for them.
Monogamy deficit for quantum correlation in multipartite quantum system
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