celibacy


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cel·i·ba·cy

 (sĕl′ə-bə-sē)
n.
1. Abstinence from sexual relations.
2. The condition of remaining unmarried, especially for religious reasons.

cel•i•ba•cy

(ˈsɛl ə bə si)

n.
1. abstention from sexual relations.
2. abstention by vow from marriage.
3. the state of being unmarried.
[1655–65; < Latin caelib(ātus) celibacy (caelib-, s. of caelebs single + -ātus -ate3) + -acy]
cel`i•bat′ic (-ˈbæt ɪk) adj.

celibacy

the state of being single or unmarried, especially in the case of one bound by vows not to marry. — celibate, n., adj.
See also: Catholicism
the state of being single or unmarried, especially in the case of one bound by vows not to marry. — celibate, n., adj.
See also: Marriage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.celibacy - an unmarried status
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
2.celibacy - abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)celibacy - abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
abstinence - act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"

celibacy

noun chastity, purity, virginity, continence, singleness priests who take a vow of celibacy for life
Quotations
"Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures" [Dr. Johnson Rasselas]
Translations
عُزوبَه
celibát
cølibat
selibaatti
nőtlenség
einlífi, skírlífi
celibatasdorasgyvenantis celibate
celibāts
celibát
evlenmeme

celibacy

[ˈselɪbəsɪ] Ncelibato m

celibacy

[ˈsɛlɪbəsi] ncélibat m

celibacy

nZölibat nt or m; (fig)Enthaltsamkeit f

celibacy

[ˈsɛlɪbəsɪ] ncelibato

celibacy

(ˈselibəsi) noun
the state of being unmarried or of refraining from sexual intercourse, especially in obedience to religious vows.
ˈcelibate (-bət) adjective
References in classic literature ?
the suffering angel had remained in the heartless state of celibacy twenty long years, and that for the sake of a man who could forget her
This latter step, however, there was no present prospect that Arthur Dimmesdale would be prevailed upon to take; he rejected all suggestions of the kind, as if priestly celibacy were one of his articles of Church discipline.
Never mind, Harriet, I shall not be a poor old maid; and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public
This is a way of life which reminds me of the period when I was myself in a state of celibacy, and Mrs.
No one that I know,'' said De Bracy, ``unless it be your vow of celibacy, or a cheek of conscience for an intrigue with a Jewess.
Has it not preached in the place of these, charity and poverty, celibacy and mortification of the flesh, monastic life and Mother Church?
Celibacy gave to her manners and habits a certain increasing rigidity; for she endeavored to sanctify herself in despair of fate.
The marriage might be considered as the result of an early engagement, though there had been two intermediate weddings on the lady's part, and forty years of celibacy on that of the gentleman.
I do not see how she can rise to a position, whence such a step would be possible; but even in celibacy it would be better for her to retain the character and habits of a respectable decorous female.
am not about to disclaim matrimony, like a silly girl, who dreams of nothing else from morn till night; but I am a nun here, without the vow of celibacy.
Johnson's celebrated judgment as to matrimony and celibacy, and say, that though Mansfield Park might have some pains, Portsmouth could have no pleasures.
We should observe, that at the heels of Pierre Delaunay came draggling an Indian wife, whom he had picked up in his wanderings; having grown weary of celibacy among the savages.