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Pronunciation: (big'u-mē), [key]
pl. -mies.

1. Law.the crime of marrying while one has a wife or husband still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
2. Eccles.any violation of canon law concerning marital status that would disqualify a person from receiving holy orders or from retaining or surpassing an ecclesiastical rank.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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