Translation of celibate in Spanish:


célibe, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈsɛləbət/ /ˈsɛlɪbət/


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    • Large numbers did not marry at all, deciding to remain celibate, some for religious reasons, others, it has been suggested, due to a certain embarrassment about sex.
    • Religious dress and grave goods were used to differentiate celibate priests and monks from ordinary secular men.
    • The Boston archdiocese's official newspaper said this week the Roman Catholic Church must face the question of whether to continue to require priests to be celibate.
    • Since priests are celibate, what does their sexual orientation have to do with it anyway?
    • He said the priesthood should be open to both married and celibate priests and urged a full debate within the Church on what he described as a ‘very serious question’.
    • Last night, in an address to bishops in Nigeria, Pope John Paul II insisted that priests must live celibate lives and avoid scandalous behaviour.
    • He astonished his friends and family by attempting to become a celibate priest but two years of seminary studies persuaded him he lacked a vocation.
    • The archbishop has said priests need not be celibate and that God's blessings were meant to be given through the family.
    • The origins of this celibate American religious movement can be traced to Sayville, Long Island, New York, where Father Divine came to public attention in the 1920s.
    • This may stem from the Roman Catholic view, where intimacy, even within the context of marriage, is considered a concession to base instincts, while sacred priests and nuns are celibate.
    • He was to become a priest and lead the celibate life.
    • Among the Armenians there are celibate and married priests.
    • But they dismissed questions about whether married priests were an option, saying a celibate priesthood was not the reason for the shortage.
    • What is more important, to allow people a better chance of getting to mass on Sunday or to keep priests celibate?
    • In the east, the upper ecclesiastical echelons - patriarchs in particular - were recruited from monasteries and therefore were celibate, but ordinary priests were allowed to marry.
    • Sonflowers says women from north of the Border have contacted them for support after having children with Scottish priests or long-term affairs with supposedly celibate clergymen.
    • Living a simple life, being vegetarian, abstaining from cigarettes and alcohol, being celibate, and dedicating his actions to the welfare of all beings are ways in which a Buddhist monk tries to improve the world.
    • The Shakers, for example, is one religious group that required its members to be celibate: the only new Shakers came from recruitment.
    • A few celibate members live with their families for personal or professional reasons and are known as ‘associates’.
    • And it includes persons who were celibate and still champions of marriage, such as Paul and our Lord.
    • Maude Guérin plays a lone wolf detective in the Prime Suspect mold - a single woman on the Quebec City homicide squad whose celibate lifestyle is legendary.
    • This is one example of the way technology has been harnessed to ensure that if a woman didn't want to get pregnant, she could take steps to ensure that this didn't happen, without opting for a celibate lifestyle.
    • Mitropoulos, who appears to have led a largely celibate lifestyle, nevertheless seems to have known enough about love and lust to portray them unforgettably in music.
    • Clearly this person is celibate or single, because there is no way anyone could get intimate with her without losing an eye.
    • I hope for his sake he's single, or in a celibate relationship, or he'll be building up quite an audience soon.
    • Single and celibate for 17 years, she loved her husband, but says she doesn't miss him.
    • This annoys me no end, especially considering the piles of people I know who are perfectly desirable but single or celibate or virgins because of random situations.
    • I know what it is like to be heterosexual, single, and celibate and it is tough.
    • These broads have been forcibly celibate for decades after their husbands dump them.
    • Single rats have been known to lead celibate lives in the comfort of domestic house attics for several months while the house occupants are unaware of their existence.
    • However, I did not force my husband to remain as celibate as I had to be.
    • Due to a personal spiritual quest, Radha's husband has remained celibate for 13 years.
    • Single women in this context were assumed to be celibate.
    • Single men were 20 times more likely to be celibate than married men.
    • If you're single, or have made a conscious decision to be celibate, you may be quite happy without having sex for a while.
    • You do need to look at the underlying reasons for your celibate marriage and how you want to proceed with your husband.
    • I'm seeing more and more celibate relationships within marriage.
    • A wholly celibate marriage is thus in principle quite conceivable, as is some variation of marriage between those more at home physically with those of their own gender.
    • There is no agreement about the town he came from, his age at the time of the apparitions, whether he was married or a widower, or whether he and his wife had children or lived in a celibate marriage.
    • Yet, extant research suggests that a significant minority of these individuals may choose to discontinue all sexual relations and become celibate for at least some period following their diagnosis.


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    célibe masculine, feminine
    • The leaves are said to be invigorating and an aphrodisiac and, therefore, not to be used by celibates and ascetics.
    • So common was lifelong celibacy and so little accepted were Freudian theories about the dominance of the sexual impulse, that nobody questioned these celibates or looked at them askance.
    • People over 60 are expected to be sexless creatures or, at any rate, celibates.
    • To test the ludicrousness of that line of thinking, imagine what it would be like if we were all God-fearing celibates.
    • The majority of partnered celibates started out having satisfactory relationships, but slowly stopped having sex as time went on.
    • The celibates, when they did consider beginning a relationship, were the most cautious.
    • While celibates, particularly females, were equally fearful, personal and religious morality were their main reasons for this lifestyle choice; HIV / AIDS concern was secondary.
    • Among the Milanese aristocracy in the years 1600-49, for instance, the percentage of celibates, men and women, is stunning: 49 per cent of the men, 75 per cent of the women.
    • In September 1998, one of the members of an on-line discussion group for involuntary celibates approached the first author via e-mail to ask about current research on involuntary celibacy.
    • Thirty-five percent of celibates expressed dissatisfaction, frustration, or anger about their lack of sexual relationships, and this was true regardless of their partnership status.
    • But, as anyone trying to become informed about the matter knows, there is no sociological evidence suggesting that celibates are more likely to abuse children than are married men.
    • On the other hand, early Christian male celibates come in for rough treatment for their hatred of the body and ‘misogyny.’
    • For the first six centuries of its existence, Cambridge, like Oxford, was a seminary, and until 1871 fellows were required to be celibates in holy orders.
    • As all celibates do, they sometimes struggle with the vowed life, but if they find themselves too much at odds with chastity, they leave the order.
    • And it seems odd for celibates, of all people, to instruct the rest of us about the relations of the sexes.
    • Most current priests, he claims, aren't miserable as celibates, and they're no more emotionally immature than most men.
    • I think what we might call the mystical strain in Christianity has always been extraordinarily important to me, and I think that's probably why this life suits me because I suspect I am probably a born celibate.
    • He says at one point, for example, that it would have been highly unusual for a Jewish man in the 1st century to have been a celibate.
    • This example is to be contrasted with that of the celibate who decides that the most fulfilling life for him will be one of abstinence.
    • In any event, no one could accuse him of being a remote celibate who did not know what he was talking about.