celibate


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cel·i·bate

 (sĕl′ə-bĭt)
adj.
1. Abstaining from sexual relations.
2. Remaining unmarried, as for religious reasons.
n.
1. One who abstains from sexual relations.
2. One who remains unmarried, as for religious reasons.

[Latin caelibātus, from caelebs, caelib-, unmarried.]

celibate

(ˈsɛlɪbɪt)
n
a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity
adj
1. unmarried, esp by vow
2. abstaining from sexual intercourse
[C17: from Latin caelibātus, from caelebs unmarried, of obscure origin]
ˈcelibacy n

cel•i•bate

(ˈsɛl ə bɪt, -ˌbeɪt)

n.
1. a person who abstains from sexual relations.
2. a person who remains unmarried, esp. for religious reasons.
adj.
3. observing or pertaining to sexual abstention or a religious vow not to marry.
4. not married.
[1820–30; derivative of celibacy, by analogy with obstinacy: obstinate, etc.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.celibate - an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
Adj.1.celibate - abstaining from sexual intercourse; "celibate priests"
chaste - morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse); "a holy woman innocent and chaste"

celibate

adjective chaste, single, pure, virgin, continent He found it hard to adapt to the celibate life of a monk.
Translations
أعْزب، عازِب
celibátní
i cølibat
fraŭlo
agglegényhajadonnőtlenszüzességi fogadalmat tett
einlífis-, skírlífis-
celibátcelibátny
evlenmemeye yemin etmiş

celibate

[ˈselɪbɪt]
A. ADJcélibe
B. Ncélibe mf

celibate

[ˈsɛlɪbət]
adj
[life, priest] → célibataire
to remain celibate → rester célibataire
[lay person] → chaste
npersonne f qui n'a pas de rapports sexuels

celibate

adj (Rel) → keusch, zölibatär (spec); (fig)enthaltsam
n to be a celibateim Zölibat leben

celibate

[ˈsɛlɪbɪt] adj & n (man) → celibe (m); (woman) → nubile (f)

celibacy

(ˈselibəsi) noun
the state of being unmarried or of refraining from sexual intercourse, especially in obedience to religious vows.
ˈcelibate (-bət) adjective

celibate

adj célibe, que no tiene relaciones sexuales
References in classic literature ?
The labor was performed by convicts, prisoners of war, delinquent debtors and confirmed bachelors who were too poor to pay the high celibate tax which all red-Martian governments impose.
Whatever the reason, Ferrier remained strictly celibate.
We do not present the chevalier as an accomplished man; but surely we can pardon, in an old celibate whose heart sends so much blood to his left cheek, these adorable qualities, founded, perhaps, on some sublime secret history.
You won't give it me, you little celibate simpleton.
Oh, by being a celibate simpleton, I suppose," he said.
The detachment of a professional celibate seemed to reveal to the others that they stood round the woman as a ring of amorous rivals; just as a stranger coming in with frost on his coat will reveal that a room is like a furnace.
They are a company of celibates, grinding harshly against one another and growing daily more calloused from the grinding.
Jesus Christ remained celibate on earth, signifying his total dedication to the service of God and humanity.
The report concluded that "there is an elevated risk of child sexual abuse where compulsorily celibate male clergy or religious have privileged access to children in certain types of Catholic institutions, including schools, residential institutions and parishes.
CHARLIE MANN spoke of how he has never had another horse "anywhere near as good" as he paid tribute to Celibate following the death of the prolific two-mile chaser at the age of 25.
6 Newly celibate Russell Brand has replaced sex with, erm, rock climbing.
A FORMER Hare Krishna devotee who spent 10 years living in a temple learning how to be celibate has been jailed for 18 years after a string of sex assaults.