form of relationship in which an individual has only one partner during their lifetime or at any one time (serial monogamy), as compared to polygyny, polyandry, or polyamory
Monogamy is the custom or condition of having only one mate. The word monogamy comes from the Greek word monos, which means one or alone, and the Greek word gamos, which means marriage or union.
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- Monogamy among animals is a matter of biology. So is monogamy among human beings. But in the human case, monogamy is more. It is also a matter of psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, law, ethics, theology, literature, history, philosophy, and most of the remaining humanities and social sciences as well.
- Barash, David P.; Judith Eve Lipton. The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People (unidentified edition ed.). pp. pp. 191-192.
- My husband was not faithful. He thought monogamy was a type of wood. I'm like, "Honey, no — monogamy's when you just sleep with your wife." He's like, "No,— that's monotony."
- Andrea Walker, comedian, Funny Ladies, Vol. 3 (2004)
- It's foolish for society to impose the restriction of one man to the married woman. I'm not advocating sexual promiscuity but I think it's possible for a woman to have many kinds of [sexual] relationships with many men and that shouldn't affect the status of the marriage.
- Suzy Chaffee, Olympic skier, Suzy Chaffee: The Liberated Beauty, Beaver County Times, (March 17, 1975)
- I don't think it's possible to be in love with two people. I think you can love two people - but being in love is a one-on-one personal feeling.
- Cheryl Ladd, Cheryl Ladd satisfied with 'Crossings', The Reading Eagle, (February 23, 1986)