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The mainstream Mormon Church renounced polygamy more than a century ago.
  having more than one spouse at a time
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polygamy polygamous polygamist
Strongly Associated with:   monogamy
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Standard prefix:  "poly" typically means "many" or "more than one".
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  • The mainstream Mormon Church renounced polygamy more than a century ago.
  • Polygamy is typically rare even in societies that permit it. However, there are exceptions. For example, in Senegal, nearly 47 percent of marriages are multiple.
  • Even where polygamy is rare, its legal possibility without adequate protections for the wife, impedes the normal give-and-take of a healthy relationship.
  • And no more polygamy, he said!
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • He knew nothing of Mormonism except the custom of polygamy, which is its foundation.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • And did I want the Celestial Kingdom, anyway, where women are relegated to polygamy and procreation, gestating new souls to fill earthbound bodies?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • It was such a nuisance that men were fundamentally polygamous.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • He deprecated polygamy, but he saw no reason to inveigh against the prevalent fondness for the tangatse berry, to which were ascribed medicinal properties, but which was chiefly popular because its effects were those of a mild narcotic.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He was brought from a definite social environment,—the polygamous clan life under the headship of the chief and the potent influence of the priest.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • While the tale was in progress, it convinced the two men, the tragedy seemed a slur on the whole community; better polygamy almost, than that a woman should die without the joys God has intended her to receive.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India

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  • Then, when the evidence became too blatant, he argued that his polygamous way of life did not in the least run counter to his love for her.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I suppose that I should really like to be a polygamist; with Nancy, and with Leonora, and with Maisie Maidan and possibly even with Florence.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • She could have informed you that there was such a word as "polygamy," and being also acquainted with "polysyllable," she had deduced the conclusion that "poly" mean "many"; but she had had no idea that gypsies were not well supplied with groceries, and her thoughts generally were the oddest mixture of clear-eyed acumen and blind dreams.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • There was so much the more reason for them to make a regulation in this matter, because they are the only people of those parts that neither allow of polygamy nor of divorces, except in the case of adultery or insufferable perverseness, for in these cases the Senate dissolves the marriage and grants the injured person leave to marry again; but the guilty are made infamous and are never allowed the privilege of a second marriage.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • …our midst and on our very doorstep, as it were—it’s a shame and a disgrace that the Congress of these United States spends all its time talking about inconsequential financial matters that ought to be left to the Treasury Department, as I understand it, instead of arising in their might and passing a law that any one admitting he is a Mormon shall simply be deported and as it were kicked out of this free country in which we haven’t got any room for polygamy and the tyrannies of Satan.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • More than 34 percent of Moroccans approve of polygamy.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Or didn’t turn me loose—Center has no rule against polygamy.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • For polygamy.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He had studied the totemism and exogamy of the primitive races, and here was his opportunity to understand polygamy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • She, a monogamist, regretted the cessation of some of life’s innocent odours; he, whose instincts were polygamous, felt morally braced by the change and less liable to the temptations that had assailed him in the past.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Polygamy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Oh, to be the alter ego of his polygamous life!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • When the United States government began to persecute, or prosecute, the Mormons for polygamy, the Mormons over here in Stonebridge took their sealed wives and moved them out of Utah, just across the line.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Islamic law banned the previously common practice of female infanticide, and it limited polygamy to four wives who were supposed to be treated equally.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Instinctively Shefford felt that it was in them that polygamy was embodied; they were the husbands of the sealed wives.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Also, polygamy means that the wealthiest men take two or three wives, leaving even fewer women available for the poor.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He did not like to remember Miss Quested’s remark about polygamy, because it was unworthy of a guest, so he put it from his mind, and with it the knowledge that he had bolted into a cave to get away from her.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • In that low, passionate utterance Shefford read the death-blow to the old Mormon polygamous creed.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • It had made itself master of Utah, and subjected that territory to the laws of the Union, after imprisoning Brigham Young on a charge of rebellion and polygamy.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Florence would happen in on her, whilst she was doing her wonderful hair, with a proposition from Edward, who seems about that time to have conceived the naive idea that he might become a polygamist.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Forced and long-continued toil became the rule of life, the old ties of blood relationship and kinship disappeared, and instead of the family appeared a new polygamy and polyandry, which, in some cases, almost reached promiscuity.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Out of those eleven billion people perhaps seven billion lived where polygamy is legal, and Stu’s opinion manipulators played up "persecution"; it gained us sympathy from people who otherwise would never have heard of us—even gained it in North America and other places where polygamy is not legal, from people who believe in "live and let live."
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Out of those eleven billion people perhaps seven billion lived where polygamy is legal, and Stu’s opinion manipulators played up "persecution"; it gained us sympathy from people who otherwise would never have heard of us—even gained it in North America and other places where polygamy is not legal, from people who believe in "live and let live."
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • …was now the only person left in the car, and the Elder, looking him full in the face, reminded him that, two years after the assassination of Joseph Smith, the inspired prophet, Brigham Young, his successor, left Nauvoo for the banks of the Great Salt Lake, where, in the midst of that fertile region, directly on the route of the emigrants who crossed Utah on their way to California, the new colony, thanks to the polygamy practised by the Mormons, had flourished beyond expectations.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
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Associated words [difficulty]:   polygamy [7] , monogamy [7] , monogamy [7] , monotheism [8] , polytheism [9]
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