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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
serial monogamy
▪ As we have seen serial monogamy could put the claims of unquestionably legitimate princes at risk.
▪ Such would tend to be the case where people practice serial monogamy.
▪ Nevertheless the serial monogamy of kings is likely to have had its implications for the rivalries between their heirs.
Serial multipartnerism, which can also be called serial monogamy, means having partners one at a time.
▪ And be certain of your monogamy.
▪ As we shall see, the lesson they teach is that we are designed for a system of monogamy plagued by adultery.
▪ It has not done so, however, by imposing monogamy on them.
▪ It seems unlikely that monogamy is a natural state for the human animal.
▪ Lufkin never demanded monogamy from her and she had no idea whether he slept with other women.
▪ Not that socially imposed monogamy need extend to captive slaves.
▪ Society pays noisy lip service to monogamy but, in reality, encourages affairs.
▪ The next commonest is monogamy - one male paired with one female.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Monogamy \Mo*nog"a*my\, n. [L. monogamia, Gr. ?: cf. F. monogamie.]

  1. Single marriage; marriage with but one person, husband or wife, at the same time; -- opposed to polygamy. Also, one marriage only during life; -- opposed to deuterogamy.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) State of being paired with a single mate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from French monogamie, from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek monogamia, from monogamos "marrying only once," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + gamos "marriage" (see gamete).


n. A form of sexual bonding involving a permanent pair bond between two beings.


n. having only one spouse at a time [syn: monogamousness]

Monogamy (album)

Monogamy is the second album by Emil Bulls. It was released independently in 2000 and has been re-released in 2004 via Oh My Sweet/ALIVE.


Monogamy is a form of relationship in which an individual has only one partner during his or her lifetime or at any one time ( serial monogamy), as compared to polygyny, polyandry, or polyamory. The term is also applied to the social behavior of some animals, referring to the state of having only one mate at any one time.

Monogamy (film)

Monogamy is a 2010 film directed and co-written by Dana Adam Shapiro. It is about the strained relationship of an engaged Brooklyn couple, Theo ( Chris Messina) and Nat ( Rashida Jones).

Usage examples of "monogamy".

How much worse, a millionfold more incomprehensible, the passage from monocot to monogamy.

The natural foundation of the institution of monogamy is not any inherent viciousness in polygyny or polyandry, but the hard fact that men and women are born in about equal numbers.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIENTAL AND OCCIDENTAL POLYGYNY It may now be asked why the polygynist nations have not gravitated to monogamy, like the latter-day saints of Salt Lake City.

He knew that he was now married, in the most old-fashioned and undivorceable monogamy.

Robinson goes on to list a half-page or so of other constant concerns and themes: multiple identity, advances in technology leading to hedonistic comfort, the balance of privilege and responsibility, alternate histories, alternatives to monogamy and conventional marriage, the metric system, general semantics.

But a group marriage, such as our Long Family, combines the advantages of bachelorhood, monogamy, and polygamy, with the drawbacks of none.

But Dallas is not Boondock, and the unnatural practice of monogamy is as rooted in the American culture of the twentieth century as group marriage is rooted in the quasi anarchistic, unstructured culture of Tertius in the third millennium of the diaspora.

But if we now look at humans and our closest relatives, the chimps and gorillas, we find all three types of mating system represented: harems in gorillas, promiscuity in chimps, and either monogamy or harems in humans (see figure 4.

We thus conclude that promiscuity or harems, not monogamy, is the mating system that leads to concealed ovulation (see figure 4.

In essentially the same way, features of reproductive biology—such as concealed ovulation, boldly advertised ovulation, monogamy, harems, and promiscuity—have repeatedly changed function and been transmuted into each other, reinvented, or lost.

Weirdly, the ones who adopted the sternest and most terrible Old Testament moral tone were the Modern Language Association types who believed that everything was relative and that, for example, polygamy was as valid as monogamy.

Thus, in Alexander and Noonan's view, women's concealed ovulations and constant receptivity evolved in order to promote monogamy, paternal care, and fathers' confidence in their paternity.