Meaning of celibacy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛlɪbəsi/

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mass noun
  • The state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations.

    ‘a priest who had taken a vow of celibacy’
    • ‘The early Church saw a debate between the proponents of chastity and celibacy.’
    • ‘If you are struggling with celibacy like this, maybe active ministry isn't where you should be?’
    • ‘Marriage has many pains, says Johnson in Rasselas, but celibacy has no pleasures.’
    • ‘During the ceremony they will commit themselves to celibacy, obedience to the church and to a life of prayer and service.’
    • ‘This experience may in part have influenced her commitment to making celibacy a central pillar of Shaker religious practice.’
    chastity, virginity, maidenhood, maidenhead, abstinence, self-denial, self-restraint, abnegation, asceticism
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Mid 17th century from Latin caelibatus, from caelebs ‘unmarried’.