258. Marriage


See also 348. RELATIONSHIP ; 418. WIFE

adelphogamy
the form of marriage in which brothers have a common wife or wives. —adelphogamic , adj.
bigamy
the state or practice of being married to more than one wife or one husband at a time. —bigamist , n. —bigamous , adj.
celibacy
the state of being single or unmarried, especially in the case of one bound by vows not to marry. —celibate , n., adj.
celibatist
an advocate of celibacy.
cicisbeism
the practice of a married woman having an escort or cavalier, called a cicisbeo, in attendance.
deuterogamy
digamism. —deuterogamist , n. —deuterogamous , adj.
digamism, digamy
a second legal marriage after the termination of a first marriage by death or divorce. Also called deuterogamy. —digamist , n. —digamous , adj.
endogamy
the custom of marrying only within one’s tribe or similar social unit. —endogamic, endogamous , adj.
epithalamium, epithalamy
a song or poem composed and performed in honor of a bride or groom.
exogamy
the practice of marrying only outside one’s tribe or similar social unit. —exogamic, exogamous , adj.
gamomania
1. Obsolete, a form of mania characterized by strange and extravagant proposals of marriage.
2. an excessive longing for the married state.
gamophobia
an abnormal fear of marriage.
mariticide
the killing of a husband. —mariticidal , adj.
matrimony
the act or state of marriage; married life. —matrimonial , adj.
misogamy
a hatred of marriage. —misogamist , n. —misogamic , adj.
monandry
the custom of marriage to only one man at a time. —monandrous , adj.
monogamy
the custom of marriage to one wife or one husband at a time. —monogamous , adj.
morganatic
designating or pertaining to a marriage between a man of high social standing and a woman of lower station in which the marriage contract stipulates that neither she nor their offspring will have claim to his rank or property.
neogamist
a person recently married; a newlywed.
nubility
the condition of being marriageable, especially in reference to a woman’s age or physical development. —nubile , adj.
pantagamy
a form of marriage in which every woman in a community is married to every man and every man is married to every woman. —pantagamic , adj.
paranymph
the best man or maid of honor at a wedding.
polyandry
the practice of having two or more husbands at a time. —polyandrous , adj.
polygamy
the practice or state of being married to more than one person at a time. —polygamous , adj.
polygyny
the practice of having two or more wives at a time. —polygynous, polygynious , adj.
prothalamion, prothalamium
a nuptial or wedding song or verse.
trigamy
the condition of having three spouses, especially in the criminal sense of having them simultaneously. —trigamous , adj.

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