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In my mind, I was not wedded to the island, nor would I be guilty of bigamy if I went home to Barbara each night.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  having two spouses at the same time
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bigamy bigamist
Note that a bigamist is not necessarily a polygamist. Bigamy is a legal term. For example, a woman would be a bigamist if she left a husband without getting a divorce and subsequently married another man.
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  • In my mind, I was not wedded to the island, nor would I be guilty of bigamy if I went home to Barbara each night.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Sure you’re not a bigamist, on the quiet, like?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The president of the Florida Flying Machine Company is in jail for bigamy.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Told me his dad was a genius, a NASA rocket scientist, but he’d been a bigamist at one time, and that kind of went against Alex’s grain.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • — I meant, however, to be a bigamist; but fate has outmanoeuvred me, or Providence has checked me, — perhaps the last.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • There is no knight-errant to come and seek a quarrel with me on account of the fair lady I detain a prisoner; but I have judges quite ready who will quickly dispose of a woman so shameless as to glide, a bigamist, into the bed of Lord de Winter, my brother.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • In their gamesome but still serious way, one whispers to the other—"Jack, he’s robbed a widow;" or, "Joe, do you mark him; he’s a bigamist;" or, "Harry lad, I guess he’s the adulterer that broke jail in old Gomorrah, or belike, one of the missing murderers from Sodom."
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He often told her that he was going to tell a policeman and have Sissy arrested for bigamy.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • THE CRIER: (Loudly) Whereas Leopold Bloom of no fixed abode is a wellknown dynamitard, forger, bigamist, bawd and cuckold and a public nuisance to the citizens of Dublin and whereas at this commission of assizes the most honourable….
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Your uncle would then question if we are really married, if I am a bigamist, if our children are—well, like your mother.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter

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  • He repudiated blood birthright and material security for his sake, for the sake of this man who was at least an intending bigamist even if not an out and out blackguard, and on whose dead body four years later Judith was to find the photograph of the other woman and the child.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • With Tonia still alive, that would be bigamy.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • For bigamy.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • These both put off, a poor petitioner, A care-craz’d mother to a many sons, A beauty-waning and distressed widow, Even in the afternoon of her best days, Made prize and purchase of his wanton eye, Seduc’d the pitch and height of his degree To base declension and loath’d bigamy: By her, in his unlawful bed, he got This Edward, whom our manners call the prince.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Father the Baptist Bigamist.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Then this so sweet maid is a polyandrist, and me, with my poor wife dead to me, but alive by Church’s law, though no wits, all gone, even I, who am faithful husband to this now-no-wife, am bigamist."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • * *burn What recketh* me though folk say villainy** *care **evil Of shrewed* Lamech, and his bigamy?
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Bigamy lightened the horizon of his shadowy thoughts for a moment.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Bigamy is illegal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Eke well I wot, he said, that mine husband Should leave father and mother, and take to me; But of no number mention made he, Of bigamy or of octogamy; Why then should men speak of it villainy?
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • In fact, as time passed and Henry became accustomed to the idea of that ceremony which was still no marriage, that may have been the trouble with Henry—not the two ceremonies but the two women; not the fact that Bon’s intention was to commit bigamy but that it was apparently to make his (Henry’s) sister a sort of junior partner in a harem.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • We’re living in bigamy.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Quay: bigamy threat, Yes or No.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • This is all and some, he held virginity More profit than wedding in frailty: (*Frailty clepe I, but if* that he and she *frailty I call it, Would lead their lives all in chastity), unless* I grant it well, I have of none envy Who maidenhead prefer to bigamy; It liketh them t’ be clean in body and ghost;* *soul Of mine estate* I will not make a boast.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Bigamy threat val.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • And, since to be a wife he gave me leave Of indulgence, so is it no repreve* *scandal, reproach To wedde me, if that my make* should die, *mate, husband Without exception* of bigamy; *charge, reproach *All were it* good no woman for to touch *though it might be* (He meant as in his bed or in his couch), For peril is both fire and tow t’assemble Ye know what this example may resemble.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • …child; Henry who, before it was too late, might have reacted to the discovery exactly as Sutpen did, as a jealous brother might have been expected to react, since who knows but what it was not the fact of the mistress and child, the possible bigamy, to which Henry gave the lie, but to the fact that it was his father who told him, his father who anticipated him, the father who is the natural enemy of any son and son-in-law of whom the mother is the ally, just as after the wedding the…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Mr. Rochester continued, hardily and recklessly: "Bigamy is an ugly word!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
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