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Monogamous   Listen
adjective
Monogamous  adj.  
1.
Upholding, or practicing, monogamy.
2.
(Bot.) Same as Monogamian.
3.
(Zool.) Mating with but one of the opposite sex; said of birds and mammals.






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"Monogamous" Quotes from Famous Books



... spell of Nature was upon me, and for a time I dreamed that a depth of passionate love like mine, a life of loyal devotion might wrap one man round, and keep him safe—might in fact, work a miracle—and make one polygamous man monogamous. But, even while that hope was in my heart, reason rose up and mocked it, bidding me advance into the Future at my peril. I did it, but I made a bargain with myself, I agreed to abide the consequences—and to abide ...
— Told in a French Garden - August, 1914 • Mildred Aldrich

... Asia, only where subsistence was especially difficult or women comparatively few. Neither polygyny nor polyandry were universal, even where they were a frequent practice. Only the few could afford the indulgence, much the largest percentage of the people remained monogamous. ...
— Society - Its Origin and Development • Henry Kalloch Rowe

... meant nothing but what I said," he answered, struggling stupidly with a confusion of desires which every man but no woman will understand. After eighteen hundred years, the man is still imperfectly monogamous. "Is ...
— Indian Summer • William D. Howells

... that of men. It is as a result of this vigilance of centuries that women have, among civilized nations, a finer sense of modesty than men, and a higher standard of personal purity. Men are, as yet, as Mr. Howells remarks, "imperfectly monogamous;" and Bjoernson is, no doubt, in the main right in the tremendous indictment he frames against them ...
— Essays on Scandinavian Literature • Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

... Poems represent an Achaian tradition, the tradition of a Northern conquering race, organized on a patriarchal monogamous system vehemently distinct from the matrilinear customs of the Aegean or Hittite races, with their polygamy and polyandry, their agricultural rites, their sex-emblems and fertility goddesses. Contrast for a moment the sort of sexless Valkyrie who appears in the Iliad under ...
— Five Stages of Greek Religion • Gilbert Murray

... unnatural crimes, prevail to an astounding extent. (36. Mr. M'Lennan has given ('Primitive Marriage,' 1865, p. 176) a good collection of facts on this head.) As soon, however, as marriage, whether polygamous, or monogamous, becomes common, jealousy will lead to the inculcation of female virtue; and this, being honoured, will tend to spread to the unmarried females. How slowly it spreads to the male sex, we see at the present day. Chastity eminently requires self-command; therefore it has been honoured from ...
— The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex • Charles Darwin

... upon which the historic monogamous family rests is reverence for parents and respect for women: the basis upon which the village community rests is the common ownership of land;—and it is in just those great countries of Europe, where common ownership of land longest ...
— A Comparative Study of the Negro Problem - The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 4 • Charles C. Cook



Words linked to "Monogamous" :   monogynous, polygamous, monandrous, monogynic



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